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Swinford Toll Bridge

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.

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.


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