A HERITAGE site in Oxford has been saved after the repair work has been complete, announced Historic England.

The Swing Bridge, near Rewley Road in Oxford, has been saved after a joint agency effort with repair work that was completed over the summer.

The news comes after several notable places in the South of England are in danger of being lost due to poor conditions such as Guildhall in Newport, Isle of Wight and High Angle Battery, on Portland, Dorset.

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However, Oxford’s Swing Bridge, which was designed by pioneering engineer Robert Stephenson, has had its future secured.

This is due to the £1m raised by conservationists to ‘bring the bridge back to life’ last year.

Oxford Preservation Trust worked with Railway Heritage Trust, Historic England, Network Rail, Chiltern Railways and others as part of the huge restoration project.

Historic England's Emily Gee said: “With imaginative thinking and business planning, we can continue to regenerate historic places.

"As the threat of climate change grows, the reuse and sensitive upgrading of historic buildings and places becomes ever more important.

"Finding new uses for buildings and sites rescued from the register avoids the high carbon emissions associated with demolishing structures and building new.”

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The register is designed to give a snapshot of the ‘critical health’ of England's historic places and those most at risk of being lost through neglect, decay or inappropriate development.


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

Get in touch with her by emailing: Gee.harland@newsquest.co.uk

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