The final canalside feature visited on the Banbury Canalside walk was the surviving portion of Banbury’s medieval bridge. Dating to the 13th Century, the river arches were destroyed in the mid 19th Century during the construction of the railway. Two further arches crossing the mill leat of Banbury mill were retained beneath the widened bridge, just adjacent to the canal arch. Due largely to destruction during the Civil War and the rebuilding of the medieval Parish church in the late 18th Century, these two arches are the oldest built structures in Banbury and the only known vestige of the medieval town. The arches are largely hidden by undergrowth, but we were dismayed to see young trees growing out of the bridge and concerned about the damage that these trees will cause. The BCS is considering what action to take, so watch this space.