Bridge of Sighs, Oxford

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    Hertford Bridge - the Bridge of Sighs

    by evaanna Updated Apr 27, 2005

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    The Oxonian 'Bridge of Sighs', as it is popularly called, was designed by Sir Thomas Graham Jackson in the style of the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice. Its proper name is Hertford Bridge as it connects two parts of Hertford College: the new buildings across New College Lane with the old part of the college. Though matching the style of those buildings, the Bridge of Sighs was constructed as late as 1913. Very young for Oxford!

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    Bridge of Sighs

    by jo104 Updated Aug 6, 2008

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    The most photographed piece of architecture in Oxford, it actually bears closer resemblence to the Rialto Bridge in Venice & its strange for me to see a road under the bridge after travelling the watery passageways of Venice by gondala. The bridge links the old & new areas of Hertford college so the students don't get wet & it saves time.

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    I don't see any river!

    by mindcrime Updated Nov 12, 2010

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    Bridge of Sighs

    Although the proper name is Hertford Bridge everyone calls it Bridge of Sighs!

    This is because it was designed by Sir Thomas Jackson in the style of the famous Bridge of Sighs in Venice.

    This little bridge connects two parts of Hertford College, the new and the old part! Of course the bridge is much more younger than the one in Venice as it was constructed in 1914. The other difference is that there is water in Venice... :)

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    The Bridge of Sighs

    by mafi_moya Written Oct 12, 2004

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    The Bridge of Sighs is one of Oxford's most famous sights but is actually an imitation of the original in Venice. It was built in 1914 as part of Hertford College and is almost hidden away down a very quiet side street, almost as though the architect thought, "Oxford already has so many stunning buildings, there's no point making a big fuss about another one!"

    Unfortunately you can't actually enter it unless you're a student here.

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    A bridge, but where's the water?

    by rwlittle Written Mar 14, 2004

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    Bridge of Sighs, Oxford

    I snapped this photo of the Bridge of Sighs from outside the Bodleian Library. Later, our walking tour guide pointed out that a Bridge of Sighs is supposed to go over water...and then joked about the gutters in the streets.

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    Have a little Venice with your Oxford

    by marinarena Updated Mar 14, 2008

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    The Bridge of Sighs (1913-4) is a noted landmark west of the town centre, located along New College Lane. The bridge is named after the famous Italian bridge "Ponte di Sospiri" in the enchanting city of Venezia. Due east in Oxford, near Abingdon, is the Thames riverfront. Around here are beautiful Venetianesque brick buildings, as captured.

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    Almost as good as the one in Cambridge...

    by sourbugger Written Jul 17, 2008

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    There are, apparantly, several 'bridge of sighs' around the world. The most famous is of course in Venice, whereby prisoners were said to 'sigh' as they entered the Doge's palace prison.

    There are also such named prisons in Lima, Cambridge and Frankfurt, and a jokily titled 'Bridge of size' somewhere else ( I gleaned this bit of information from wikipedia, that reliable source of information which literally means 'wanting to have sex with baskets')

    The Oxford version is no doubt architecturally beautiful, but it only spans a small road. Typical of Oxford students that they can't be bothered to walk down a flight of steps, open a door, cross the road, open another door and go up another flight of steps. Too difficult for the little dears.

    Makes a nice photo though.

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    Hartford Bridge

    by darkjedi Written Jan 21, 2008

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    Hertford Bridge in New College Lane, Oxford, England is often referred to as the "Bridge of Sighs" because of its supposed similarity to the famous bridge of the same name in Venice. However, Hertford Bridge was never intended to be a replica of the Venetian bridge and many believe it looks more similar to the Rialto Bridge in the same city. The bridge links together the Old and New Quadrangles of Hertford College. The bridge, and much of its current architecture, was designed by Sir Thomas Jackson. It was completed in 1914, despite its construction being opposed by New College.

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    Hertford Bridge

    by slothtraveller Written Jun 10, 2008

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    The Bridge of Sighs, aka. Hertford Bridge, links the two quadrangles of Hertford College. During my visit, there were a group of tourists studying the information board about the bridge looking confused. It seems that they didn't realise they were standing directly under it! You can probably make them out on the picture of my Oxford main page! :-)
    The 'bridge' was constructed in 1914 and designed by Sir Thomas Jackson.

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    Bridge Of Sighs...

    by coceng Written Aug 2, 2004

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    Bridge of Sighs in Oxford

    Oxford was a Saxon town at a point where River Cherwell meets The Thames.
    The first college was built in the 13th century & one of them was called 'university'.
    Today, there are 39 colleges spreading over Oxford.
    This is the infamous Bridge of Sighs, which is a copy of the famous bridge in Venice ! So I head that it looks nothing like the real one in Venice !
    Built in 1914 between 2 buildings of Hertford College.

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    The Bridge of Sighs

    by barryg23 Updated Jun 4, 2003

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    Bridge of Sighs

    The Bridge of Sighs is a famous Oxford landmark, often used as the backdrop for graduation/matriculation photographs. It links two parts of Hertford College, across New College Lane; however, access to the bridge itself is restricted to Hertford students and fellows. There is an equally pretty Bridge of Sighs in St. John's College, Cambridge, and both bridges are modelled on the original in Venice.

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    Walking around

    by Nadia7 Written May 15, 2007

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    Everything in the centre of Oxford is within easy reach, you can just walk and absorb the atmosphere. From time to time you can see Oxford students wearing their gowns and taking pics with their families :)

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    The Bridge of Sighs

    by Elodie_Caroline Written Jun 26, 2006


    If you don't know where to look?, you will miss this beautiful piece of architecture known as the 'Bridge of Sighs'. It is really called The Hertford bridge, but that doesn't have the same nice ring to it does it?. It is hidden well beyond the main streets of Oxford, it's such a shame, it really is one of the beautiful parts of Oxford to see.

    It has obviously been copied from the Bridge in Venice, but it is still a wonderful sight to behold.

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    The Bridge of Sighs

    by aliante1981 Written Nov 30, 2004

    This wonderful arched bridge is a very nice copy of the one in Venice. The picturesque landmark was built in 1914 in order to connect the new and old buildings of the Hertford College, founded in 1284. the only difference from Venice - look! There's no water underneath it:)))

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    by sabsi Written Apr 27, 2003

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    Bridge of Sighs

    The Bridge of Sighs belongs to Hertford College. It joins two parts of the college. It was built in 1913, obviously with the Venice original in mind!

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