"I took this from inside the Sheldonian grounds on a slightly misty morning and was surprised to see New College tower peeping through in the distance." J J Marshall
URBANPIX CAPTION for this Oxford card:
The Bridge of Sighs was built in 1891 to link two Hertford College sites that sit either side of New College Lane. Although it is said to be named after the Ponte dei Sospiri in Venice, it looks nothing like it, but bears a striking resemblance to the Ponte di Rialto which spans the Grand Canal.
Hertford College started life as Hart Hall in 1284 and became Hertford College by Royal Charter in 1740. It has had a chequered history: it was blighted by having few endowments in its early days, and at one time was reduced to one student and one half-mad Fellow residing in a neglected building. It was rescued by banker TC Baring in 1874 and recovered its college status and financial health under the long rule of Henry Boyd (1877-1922). Visitors today are drawn to Hertford by its association with Evelyn Waugh - who matriculated in 1922 - and its portrayal in Waugh’s book Brideshead Revisited.
The tower of New College chapel can be seen behind the bridge.