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There are many bridges to be found in the heart of Hungerford. These include:
- Croft Road Railway Bridge (built 1862)
- Marsh Lane Railway Bridge over the road (built 1862)
- High Street Canal Bridge (built 1799)
- Bridge Street river bridges (built 1740)
- "Swing" Bridge over canal below train station (built 1798)
- "Cow Bridge" between Common Port Down and Lower Common (built 1847)
Much of the research into these bridges has been carried out by Dr Jimmy Whittaker, who has kindly provided several articles on which much of these pages are based.
So how do bridges get their names?
He says: "A bridge name would generally be linked either to a street/road name, town/village, landowner or a physical landmark to easily identify the structure.
I wrote once again to Robin Mann at West Berkshire Council who had helped me on several occasions with refence to Hungerford street names and suggested that I write to Michael De-Honri, a senior engineer in the Environmental Department at West Berkshire Council that deals with highway structures who may be able to shed some light on the names on bridges found in Hungerford. Michael kindly sent me a copy of the official West Berks Council map used to identify bridges on public highways in Hungerford."