It’s a footbridge now, but this is where the main road to London used to be. In 1697, Celia Fiennes who rode her horse side saddle all over Britain wrote that Sheriff’s Bridge was: “a very high bridge tho’ the river seemed not then so very full, but it swells after great raines which makes them build their arches so large.”

Long after the new road to London was built children would play in the ford to the side of this bridge.

With thanks to the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies for the use of archive photographs.