Bridge Road


Leaving Broadwalk past The Broadway Hotel you come to Barclays Bank on the corner. A Queen Anne style building designed by Hugh Seebohm in 1908.



The Neville Bridge designed by Barry Parker, was named after Mr Justice Neville (a supporter of Ebenezer Howard's). It replaced a wooden footbridge across the railway in 1930, making it possible for vehicles to get to the Spirella building more directly



Below is the view of the Spirella building across Neville Bridge. This imposing factory built between 1912 and 1922 was designed by Cecil Hignett, in an Arts and Crafts style using advanced building technology (reinforced concrete), with large windows and roof domes to light up the work areas. Built for two Americans to manufacture corsets using a special patented spring it continued in this function until the 1980's.

It has now been refurbished as high tech units, to meet the needs of the 21st.



Opposite the Spirella Building is the telephone exchange, the Police Station both of which are modern and Nevells Road. Previously known as Exhibition Road and part of the site for the 1905 cheap cottage exhibition. At the end of Bridge Road is the junction with Icknield Way, which we will get to later.

Just beyond the junction is Cowslip Hill which leads up to Wilbury Road another site for the cheap cottage competition.

The tour doesn't go that way but amongst the substantial housing and tree lined pavements of Cowslip Hill you find entrances on your right to Norton Common, and on your left, areas of farmland and allotments only a short distance ( a few hundred yards ) from the station and town centre.



Inside Spirella in a postcard from the 30's one of several images in the old postcard section