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Hungerford developed as a typical rural market town servicing the needs of the local villages.

However, it lies on important transport routes, which have greatly influenced its development through the centuries.

Coaching

Kennet and Avon Canal

Railway

The Hazards of travel in the 19th century

In 1868 Mr Frampton, the coach-builder in Charnham Street, was driving his trap near the Bear Corner, when he was in colllsion with a Brougham driven by Mr Wooldridge (of The Wharf).  Both machines were damaged, but no mention is made of the horses.

On another occasion, a horse, frightened by some noise, bolted. The shaft of the attached cart smashed through the window of Mr Lane's hairdresser's shop (4 Bridge Street), and destroyed the stock.