SWYNFORD BRIDGE is in the parish of Cumnor and the Vale of White Horse; it was transferred from Berkshire to Oxfordshire in 1974.
Nonetheless, it holds a key place in Eynsham consciousness - an iconic image, a notorious bottle-neck, or both. Photographers and artists have endless 'takes' on it, while campaigns to scrap the tolls or set up smarter payment systems continue.
The original ferry belonged to the abbot of Abingdon: Eynsham Abbey paid bread and beer to the ferryman while Abingdon paid 1s/ year to use the Eynsham river bank.
The bridge was opened in 1769 and the tolls have been entirely free of tax ever since. You can download a detailed chronology below. We have a centenary note on the single-deck bus shown in the gallery.
Swinford bridge was sold by auction for £1,08m in 2009; yet the charges are still the lowest in the country. Charity collections are held on public holidays.