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Photographer: Sedgfield, William Russell

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1866

Shelfmark: 10358.d.2

Item number: 11

Length: 10.8

Width: 9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"The magnificent bridge of the Great Western Railway, crossing the Thames at Maidenhead, constructed at a time when railways were yet in their early days, is one of chief monuments of the engineering skill of the younger Brunel, being remarkable for the wedth of span of its two flat brick arches, each 128 feet wide. There is a capital echo at this bridge. On the Berkshire bank of the Thames is the parish of Bray, the vicar of which, in the time of Henry VIII., and three succeeding reigns, was noted for the alacrity with which he veered round from Popery to Protestantism, and round again, according to which was the State religion. When taunted with inconsistency, he ingeniously proved that he had been consistent throughout, by adhering to the one comprehensive principle of 'living and dying vicar of Bray.'"

Descriptive letterpress from 'The Thames Illustrated by Photographs'

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