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There are many bridges to be found in the heart of Hungerford. These include:

Beard's Lane Bridge (also known as Smitham Bridge House Bridge), (built 1862)

- High Street Railway Bridge (including information on the three railway bridges, built 1862, 1898 and 1966)

- Croft Road Railway Bridge (built 1862)

- Jessats (sic!) Bridge, Eddington

- Jubilee Footbridge (built 2012)

- Marsh Lane Railway Bridge over the River Shalbourne (also known as "Nonsuch Palace Bridge")

- Marsh Lane Railway Bridge over the road (built 1862)

- High Street Canal Bridge (built 1799)

- Ornamental bridge at 1 High Street (date of building unknown, ?c.1800)t

- Ornamental bridge at 131 High Street (built c.1800)t

- 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)

- Walton Cottage ornamental bridge, Eddington (built ?c.1912)


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."