Oxford is a very watery place: encircled by rivers, criss-crossed by streams, perennially flood-prone. Its location has been defined by water, its destiny shaped by it. This is the (beginning of the) Story of Oxford in ten crossings – an abridged history you might say.

Do you recognise the bridges below? They are captioned with extracts from next month’s Story, where all the answers will be revealed.

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The giant blocks of corallian ragstone which underpin it were hewn and levered into place nearly a thousand years ago.

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The vital Thames crossing which marked the western approach to the city was heavily guarded and fortified.[Clue: it was originally on, or close to, the site of the bridge from where this picture is taken.]

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… widened, lengthened, strengthened and gentrified in an eighteenth-century attempt to cleanse the streets of Oxford and make them ‘more commodious’.

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For fifty years this was one of the busiest watercourses in the country, lugging pottery, slate, and, above all, coal from the Midlands to London – changing forever the destiny of Oxford.

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The only movable bridge along the entire course of the River Thames – apart from Tower Bridge in London.

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Spanned by a single slab of reinforced concrete 170 feet in length …

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Written records of a ferry near here go back to 1279; and the imagined record stretches far further into the mists of deep time.

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An incongruous bridge … one of the few concessions to Oxford’s cyclists.

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One of the best known and most distinctive …

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The most photographed bridge of all … curiously misnamed.