The Hertford College ‘Bridge of Sighs’ in Oxford

Here is my latest – a watercolour view of the Oxford ‘Bridge of Sighs’ on New College Lane. This view looks back towards Catte Street with the Sheldonian Theatre in the background.

This view is also available as a print in my Etsy shop – if you’d like to visit here is a link.

I’ve heard guides describe how the footbridge was built to allow students and staff to move between the buildings of Hertford College in safety – presumably around the time of the Town and Gown troubles ( circa the 1350’s and the St. Scholastica Riots). However since it was actually built and completed in 1914 this is a rather colourful interpretation. I imagine that at the start of the 1st World War Oxford would have been a rather sombre place…

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