Boroughbridge in London is a fascinating small town. The first known record of the area was in the Latin form “Pontem de Burgo”. Since this time period, Boroughbridge has been tied to historical efforts and influences. Boroughbridge has met many milestones in their efforts to become a town. What started as a small group of individuals became a gem of Yorkshire.
Boroughbridge… A Town Built
The name of the now Civil Parish of Harrogate came from its physical location. It was in proximity to Aldborough which was the main settling region in the Roman period. In the Eleventh Century, The Normans built a new bridge which became an integral part of Boroughbridge’s culture. The town formed as it grew in the surrounding of the bridge and gained its own identity even though it was still connected to Aldborough. Boroughbridge was the 44th new town to be founded by the Normans. Its rate of growth and location helped the town to flourish and become one of the river and road centers of the region.
The establishing of the town became of great importance. Three mills consisted of two corn mills and one fulling mill. This placed Boroughbridge on the proverbial map. Recognizing they had not had proper representation of their own functions or ideals, in 1299 it was allowed that two members could return to Parliament. They soon gained a market by Edward II along with three fairs.
New to Boroughbridge
As the town expanded, they held their first races in 1732 and the tradition lasted until 1808. Another milestone of Boroughbridge was the iron bridge built over Tutt in Fishergate in the year 1754. As Boroughbridge entered the Nineteenth century, new settlers and families took hold and the town began to excel in academics and societal structure. When you visit Boroughbridge, you will find a town Library with a meeting hall in the top part of the building. This Library was once the original school of the area.
The National school was built in Saint James Square in 1832. The Eighteen Hundreds were a lucrative period for Boroughbridge. They built a railway station on Milby road in 1848. Approximately thirty years later, the railway was extended bringing more opportunities to the people of the town. In 1860, gas street lighting was brought in which was a forerunner to electricity to be used in 1936. Fifteen years after they received Gas street lighting, a fountain as built over an artesian well in St. James Square. This fountain served as a primary source of water for Boroughbridge residents.
With a total of 22 Inns and a stagecoach stop, this once little town developed into a trading center for the region. When stage coaches began to see a decline, the busting town became quieter than it was used to. Without the wealth of travelers, many business were lost but not forgotten.
The same structures that were once a part of busier time have remained in the culture of Boroughbridge. Repurposed and redirected, the history will always be remembered.