The night Rainbow Bridge was red

A few weeks ago I visited Oxford’s Parks and walked over the lovely little bridge, known as High Bridge or, because of its shape, Rainbow Bridge.

Rainbow Bridge, from Oxford Replanned by Thomas Sharp (1948)

Rainbow Bridge, from Oxford Replanned by Thomas Sharp (1948)

 

web bridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was built in 1923 to provide employment, and it is a useful crossing of the River Cherwell between Parks Road and Marston to the east.

The Cherwell downstream

The Cherwell looking upstream from the bridge and (right) downstream

Downstream

 

 

 

However, it is little known that, on 1 June 1953, the night before the Coronation, red republican slogans were painted on the bridge and these remained for many months.   The electricity supply for the floodlighting of St Giles’s church was also cut which no doubt caused some consternation.

The Parks

The Parks

 

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About campaignerkate

I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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