Whitchurch is just over the river Thames from my last weeks post of Pangbourne its a small village which has one of the two remaining toll bridges over the Thames still in use.
Panbourne Lock from bank
Above is an old slipway leading to the river, no doubt a ferry used to be here to join with the other side, On the left the doctors surgery fro Pangbourne, think its built on an old boatyard
because this boat windlass can be seen on show
above Whitchurch bridge as it was then, it's since been replaced, on the left a scene on the river looking towards Whitchuch Lock
This side looks towards Reading
A view of Whitchurch Lock and the toll house at the end of the bridge
It is worth stopping for a view towards the church and manor
The toll House and booth, unlike the one at Eyensham this one costs 60p to cross and the has barriers that only lift when you paid. Eynsham the guy stands and takes your 5p and no barrier, the bridge is also a lot older
Historic tolls listed on a plague shown in Pounds Shillings & Pence
A lot of other toll houses have this painted on a wooden board.
The toll booth which is quite a posh affair
Looking back towards the booth, house and bridge from Whitchurch. A few years ago the bridge wars rebuilt again and was shutdown which you can read about in this link Whitchurch Bridge
Here is a time-lapse of the demolition
And the opening of it
Hope you enjoyed the tour.