- Burghfield Bridge
Infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Burghfield Bridge
map_type= West Berkshire
region= South East England
West Berkshire Ambulance Service
Burghfield Bridge is a hamlet in
The settlement is situated between the village of
Burghfieldand the Reading suburbof Southcote.
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
wizardfrom 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 Chroniclenamed the hamlet as one of the most desirable (and thus most expensive) places to live in the Reading area.
Burghfield Bridge is served by
Reading Busesroutes 143, 148 and 149. The hamlet is located near to Reading serviceson 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 stationand Reading West railway station. Both stations are located a little more than convert|2|mi|km away.
Nearby towns: Reading
Burghfield, Burghfield Common, Pingewood, Southcote
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