Reading's New Bridge

There was a flurry of excitement in the Council Chamber when the winning name for Reading’s new bridge was announced at the 22 March 2016 Council meeting. The winning name was Christchurch Bridge. As a result of a Freedom of Information request, your Whitley Pump correspondent obtained a list of suggestions for the name made by members of the public during the consultation process. This list was found to be incomplete.

Names were missing from the list that were known to have been suggested. As a result of correspondence with Reading Borough Council, these can now be added to the list.

  • A Bridge over the River Slime
  • Christchurch Meadow Bridge
  • Elliot’s Bridge
  • Peace Bridge
  • Phoebe Cusden Bridge
  • Super Flumina
  • The Promenade Bridge

The complete list of 181 additional suggestions in alphabetical order is:

  • 3b’s Bridge
  • A Bridge over the River Slime
  • Abbey Bridge
  • Archbishop Laud Bridge
  • Asymmetric Cable Bridge
  • Battle Bridge
  • Beauclerc Bridge
  • Berkshire Bridge
  • Bicycle Bridge
  • Biscuit / men bridge
  • Biscuitmen’s Bridge
  • Bohemian Crossing
  • Branagh Bridge
  • Bridge Mead
  • Bridge Over the River, Why?
  • Bridge to Nowhere
  • Bridgersham
  • Bridgey Bridge
  • Caversham Cable Bridge
  • Caversham Crossing
  • Caversham Footbridge
  • Caversham Park Bridge
  • Caversham Walkway
  • Cawston’s Bridge
  • Chiltern Bridge
  • Christchurch Meadow Bridge
  • Christchurch Recreational Bridge
  • Clappers Bridge
  • Community Bridge
  • Coppell Bridge
  • Corporal Richard Green Bridge
  • Courage Bridge
  • Cyclo-ped Bridge
  • Cyrus Thatcher Bridge
  • David Tucker
  • Dogleg Bridge
  • Duchess of Cambridge Bridge
  • Dusseldorf Bridge
  • Electric Bridge
  • Elliot’s Bridge
  • Ethelred Bridge
  • Fenwick Bridge
  • Festival Bridge
  • Folly Bridge
  • Forbury Bridge
  • Fox Talbot Bridge
  • Freebody Bridge
  • Freebody’s Bridge
  • General Robert Collins Bridge
  • Gervais Bridge
  • Get Reading Bridge
  • Gross Extravagance Bridge
  • Harmony Bridge
  • Hexagon Bridge
  • Huntley and Palmer Bridge
  • Huntley Bridge
  • Isaacs Bridge
  • Junction Bridge
  • Justin Fletcher Bridge
  • King Alfred Bridge
  • King Henry Bridge
  • King John Bridge
  • Kings Meadow Bridge
  • Lady Di’s Bridge
  • Lenny’s Bridge
  • Life of Reading Bridge
  • Love Bridge
  • Lyre Bridge
  • Magic Bridge
  • Maiwand Bridge
  • Mayor’s Passage
  • Middle Earth (as it is between Caversham Bridge and Reading Bridge)
  • Midmost Bridge / Midway Bridge / Middle Bridge
  • Militant Cyclist Speedway
  • Mitford Bridge
  • Montmorency Bridge
  • Mrs Smith’s Bridge
  • Nelly’s Bridge
  • Nether Bridge
  • New Age Bridge
  • New Bridge
  • New Thames Bridge
  • Not a Third Thames Bridge
  • Not Wide Enough Bridge
  • Odessey Bridge
  • Olympic Bridge
  • Oppressed minorities About Whom We Know Nothing Solidarity Bridge
  • Optimist Bridge
  • Pages Folly
  • Palmer Bridge
  • Pantani’s Bridge
  • Peace Bridge
  • Pedcy Bridge / Cyped Bridge
  • Pembroke Bridge
  • Pentaliotis Bridge
  • People’s Bridge
  • Pete Ruhemann Bridge
  • Phoebe Cusden Bridge
  • Pingas Bridge
  • Piper’s Bridge
  • Pipers Point
  • Pointless Bridge
  • Pointless Bridge with point on top
  • Pont Du Page
  • Pooch’s Bridge
  • Poplar Bridge
  • Potts Bridge / The Trooper Potts VC Bridge
  • Profligate Bridge
  • Queen Elizabeth II Bridge
  • Reada’s Bridge
  • Readers Bridge
  • Reading Bedding Bridge
  • Reading Elvis Bridge
  • Reading Suspension Bridge
  • Redda’s Bridge / Crossing
  • Rivers View Bridge
  • Royal Pathway Bridge
  • Salvation Bridge
  • Sandy Park Bridge
  • Skilton Bridge
  • Skyreach Bridge
  • Spire Bridge
  • St James’ Bridge
  • St Peter’s Bridge
  • Station Bridge
  • Station Link Bridge
  • Sumer Bridge
  • Super Flumina
  • Sutton/s Bridge
  • Swan Bridge
  • Tamesis Bridge
  • Thames Cross Bridge
  • Thames Straddle
  • Thames Water Bridge
  • Thamesis Bridge
  • The Ally Ally Oh Bridge (because it opened on the last day of September)
  • The Angel Bridge
  • The Arc
  • The BB Bridge
  • The Children’s Bridge
  • The Chris Walker Hi Speed Pedestrian and Cycle Transit
  • The Colossal Waste of Money Bridge
  • The Concord Bridge
  • The Island Bridge
  • The Light Bridge
  • The Link
  • The Link Bridge
  • The Magic Bridge
  • The Minster Bridge
  • The Path to Paradise
  • The People’s Bridge
  • The Princess Charlotte Bridge
  • The Promenade Bridge
  • The Robin Friday Bridge
  • The Rusty Bridge
  • The Sabre / Sabre Bridge
  • The Spanner
  • The Steve Clark Crossing
  • The Swan Bridge
  • The Swan Shredder
  • The Thames Bow
  • The Thames Harp
  • The Thames Straddle
  • The Waste of Money Bridge
  • The Winslet-Mendes Bridge
  • Tigg’s Bridge
  • Tony Page Bridge
  • Townsend Bridge
  • Tristan Bridge
  • Utopia Bridge
  • Vanity Project Bridge
  • View Island Bridge
  • Walkers Way
  • Waterhouse Bridge
  • We Cut Social Care to Pay for this Bridge
  • White Bridge
  • White Harp Bridge
  • Wibbley Wobbly Bridge
  • Wilde Overpass / Oscar Wilde
  • William Marshal Bridge
  • Winfield Bridge

From these suggestions one, William Marshal Bridge, was selected to go forward to the public vote with three of the original ideas. The public were then presented with a shortlist of four to vote on.

  • Christchurch Bridge
  • Cusden Bridge
  • De Montfort Bridge
  • William Marshal Bridge

Although names were missing from the list of suggestions, we have been assured that all names were considered during the selection process.


Links
  1. 22 March 2016 Council Meeting
  2. 22 March 2016 Council Meeting – webcast (the announcement is under agenda item 6 Questions from Councillors)
  3. Name Reading’s New Bridge