Dorchester Bridge And Sinodun Hill
Photographer: Sedgfield, William Russell
Medium: Photographic print
Dorchester lies on the Thames, just above the point where the Themes and the Isis unite. "A double embankment, known as Dike Hills, three-quarters of a mile in length, formerly connected the two rivers and materially strengthened the position of the town. This work which is still conspicuous, is generally ascribed to the Romans. The palmy days of Dorchester were in Saxon times, when it was the seat of a bishopric...In the thirteenth century a stately abbey of Augustinian monks was established here, of which the present church, disproportionately large for the village, is a relic...Sinodun Hill in the back ground is one of the two 'Wittenham clumps,' which form a conspicuous land-mark for many miles round. The remains of a large Roman camp are still to be seen upon it."
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'The Thames Illustrated by Photographs'