Chelsea Road shopping area
Newbridge shown within Somerset
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The Newbridge electoral ward can be divided into three areas from south to north:
- Locksbrook: an industrial and residential area between the River Avon and the former Mangotsfield and Bath railway line
- Newbridge: a largely residential area alongside and in between Newbridge Road (A4 road) and Newbridge Hill (A431 road), and also extending north-west alongside Penn Lea Road
- Combe Park: an area in the north-east of the ward consisting of the Royal United Hospital, Lansdown Cricket Club and residential housing alongside the road Combe Park and Cedric Road
The main shopping area in Newbridge is Chelsea Road, a small area of shops, restaurants and hairdressers. Shops include a bakery, a hardware shop, a SPAR supermarket, a cycle shop and nearby on Newbridge Road a post office.
Bath's major hospital, the Royal United Hospital, is in the north-east of the ward in Combe Park, bordering Weston village. Lansdown Cricket Club's ground is alongside the hospital. Weston Recreation Ground is in Newbridge ward.
The National Cycle Network Bristol and Bath Railway Path runs westward from Newbridge to Bristol, and a continuation riverside cycle path runs eastward into central Bath. Newbridge Park and Ride is just off the A4 road on the western edge of the ward, alongside the Newbridge Meadows village green.
The New Bridge
The area is named after the New Bridge over the River Avon outside Bath, built in 1734. This was built to replace a ford that was one of the last impediments to navigation between Bristol and Bath. The bridge had pierced spandrels and arches on either side to allow flood water to pass easily. The bridge was widened and improved in the 1830s to the version that now carries the A4 road from Bath to Bristol out of Newbridge. From about 1902 to 1939 a tram service from central Bath to Newton St Loe operated down Newbridge Road and across the bridge.
Educationally, Newbridge is part of the North West Bath area of Bath and North East Somerset. This area has 3 primary schools:
and one secondary school:
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- "Tram no 16 on the way to the Globe, Newton St Loe c.1930s". Bath in Time. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
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