5 - Hunter's Bridge and Wickes - site of Dawnays

The bridge here in pre Garden City days was little more than a single track farm crossing, known locally as Hunter's Bridge after the farmer of Peartree Farm. It was widened in 1929 as the town grew and became a dual carriageway in 1960.

Hunter's Bridge
An early photograph of Hunter's Bridge.

The first industry to settle in the town was A.D.Dawnay and Sons Ltd, structural engineers, who took a five acre site here in 1924 and stayed until 1969. They supplied much of the steel for the town's buildings.

A.D.Dawnay & Sons Ltd factory
A.D.Dawnay & Sons Ltd factory.
Dawnays factory interior
Dawnay factory interior.


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