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Oxford Inscriptions: Donnington Bridge


Donnington Bridge

CITY OF OXFORD

DONNINGTON BRIDGE

OPENED BY
The Rt Hon VISCOUNT HAILSHAM
p.c.  q.c.
ON THE 22nd OCTOBER 1962

CHAIRMAN OF THE HIGHWAYS COMMITTEE
ALDERMAN KINCHIN 1957–1962

CITY ENGINEER & SURVEYOR • J. CAMPBELL RIDDELL B.Sc. M.I.C.E. M.I.Mun.E
CONSULTING ENGINEERS • R. TRAVERS MORGAN & PARTNERS
CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACTOR • THE CEMENTATION CO LTD

There may have been a crossing of the River Thames at or near this point in Roman times, before Oxford existed, linking to the Roman road from Dorchester to Alchester (which passed through the pottery works at Cowley and Headington); but after Roman times there was nothing here, and until the mid-twentieth century it was only possible to cross at this point by ferry.

A bridge at Free Ferry to link the Abingdon and Iffley Roads was proposed in 1954, and was opened in 1962. This link between the southern and eastern suburbs of Oxford helped to relieve traffic problems in the city centre.

Viscount Hailsham, formerly Quintin Hogg who opened the bridge was Chairman of the Conservative Pary under Harold Macmillan.

Alderman Arthur Henry Kinchin, who was Chairman of Oxford City Council Highways Committee when the bridge was opened, was a former blacksmith who lived at 11 Kineton Road and served as Labour Councillor on the South Ward and as Mayor in 1960/1.

The firm of Travers Morgan, the consulting engineer, was bought by the French-owned facilities-management firm Symonds in 1995.

The Cementation Company was a large construction business eventually acquired by Trafalgar House.

Stephanie Jenkins