Horrabridge, The Bridge 1898

Horrabridge, The Bridge 1898

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Memories of Horrabridge, the Bridge 1898

Everything You Needed Except Furniture

1950's to 1960's There were two butchers (Chinn's was one), two bakers (Toops and Hancocks), two barbers (Mr Colwill and Stansbury's who also had a Christmas Club for toys) numerous grocery shops. A Draper's shop that sold nearly everything - wool, a shilling an ounce skein. Post Office and Maddocks shop over the bridge on the way to the school where there was a great selection of penny sweets. Spears the greengrocers. Valances farm behind Chinn's the butcher. Mr Coleman was the headmaster at the Primary School. Fond memories of the school - Mrs Huber, Mrs Gilbert, but not Miss Eslick, she was a dragon. An abattoir off Fillace Lane (now the London Inn car park) - we could hear the pigs ...Read full memory

Bagpuss

A section of this photograph was used by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate for one of the opening sequences in the programme Bagpuss. This was confirmed in 1978 when a Horrabridge resident wrote to the Bagpuss programme and received a reply from Mrs Joan Firmin giving an account of how the picture used came from an old postacrd album which now belonged to her. The wheelwrights yard is shown on the left and the view is looking south to Station Road taken from the north side of the bridge. This scene has changed little in the last 100 years and is still recognisable today.

Memories of Horrabridge

Everything You Needed Except Furniture

1950's to 1960's There were two butchers (Chinn's was one), two bakers (Toops and Hancocks), two barbers (Mr Colwill and Stansbury's who also had a Christmas Club for toys) numerous grocery shops. A Draper's shop that sold nearly everything - wool, a shilling an ounce skein. Post Office and Maddocks shop over the bridge on the way to the school where there was a great selection of penny sweets. Spears the greengrocers. Valances farm behind Chinn's the butcher. Mr Coleman was the headmaster at the Primary School. Fond memories of the school - Mrs Huber, Mrs Gilbert, but not Miss Eslick, she was a dragon. An abattoir off Fillace Lane (now the London Inn car park) - we could hear the pigs ...Read full memory

Bagpuss

A section of this photograph was used by Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate for one of the opening sequences in the programme Bagpuss. This was confirmed in 1978 when a Horrabridge resident wrote to the Bagpuss programme and received a reply from Mrs Joan Firmin giving an account of how the picture used came from an old postacrd album which now belonged to her. The wheelwrights yard is shown on the left and the view is looking south to Station Road taken from the north side of the bridge. This scene has changed little in the last 100 years and is still recognisable today.

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History

There has been a bridge over the Walkham here since the 11th century. Recent roadworks revealed within the existing structure a much earlier bridge, possibly medieval, around which the present bridge was built. Upstream (right) of the bridge is a weir, at which it is possible to see salmon leaping.

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