Burghfield Bridge


Burghfield Bridge

Infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Burghfield Bridge
latitude= 51.429997
longitude= -1.023278
map_type= West Berkshire
population =
population_density =
metropolitan_borough= West Berkshire
metropolitan_county= Berkshire
region= South East England
constituency_westminster= Berkshire
post_town= READING
postcode_district= RG30
postcode_area= RG
dial_code= 0118
os_grid_reference= SU680706
Ambulance= West Berkshire Ambulance Service

Burghfield Bridge is a hamlet in Berkshire, England.

The settlement is situated between the village of Burghfield and the Reading suburb of Southcote.

History

The hamlet is so-called due to the bridge crossing the River Kennet (now part of the Kennet and Avon Canal. The river was first crossed here in the thirteenth century by the Lord of the Manor, Matthew [http://www.berkshirehistory.com/villages/burghfield.html] .

Burghfield Bridge is involved in the local legend of the "Cunning Man". Various stories exist regarding the legend, citing the Cunning Man as a wizard from nearby Tadley, who was able to heal both ailments and broken relationships [http://www.berkshirehistory.com/villages/burghfield.html] . Another explanation is that a local building (now the "Peter Pan Café") was built by a cunning man using bricks placed on their sides - so to use less building materials.The story lends its name to the local pub/restaurant, part of the Mitchells and Butlers "Vintage Inns" brand.

Burghfield Bridge is the location of Keynote Studios, a recording facility that has recently recorded the follow up to The Race's 2006 album "Be Your Alibi" [http://www.keynotestudios.co.uk/previous_clients.htm Keynote Studios - Clients] .

In 2006, the Reading Chronicle named the hamlet as one of the most desirable (and thus most expensive) places to live in the Reading area.

Transport

Burghfield Bridge is served by Reading Buses routes 143, 148 and 149. The hamlet is located near to Reading services on the M4 motorway, although the nearest access point to the road (junction 11) is located convert|2.5|mi|km to the south-east. The nearest railway stations to the hamlet are Theale railway station and Reading West railway station. Both stations are located a little more than convert|2|mi|km away.

Nearby towns: Reading

Nearby villages: Burghfield, Burghfield Common, Pingewood, Southcote

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