Thursday, 17 August 2017

Hidden Henley

FOLLOWING the installation of an information board about Humphrey Gainsborough at the entrance to the Henley housing estate

FOLLOWING the installation of an information board about Humphrey Gainsborough at the entrance to the Henley housing estate named after him, I thought I’d remind Diary readers of one of his many surviving achievements — Conways Bridge on Wargrave Road.

Although you probably drive over “Ragged Arches” without giving it a second thought, this view of it is only available when walking along the riverside footpath going from Henley towards Shiplake.

From this angle, Gainsborough’s achievement in bridging the gap known as Happy Valley in 1763 is more evident.

When you also consider the volume and weight of traffic using the bridge every day, this modest structural engineer’s accomplishment is even more impressive.



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