The lower end of Madeley High Street was once known as Bridge Street because of the railway bridge carrying a branch line to Coalport (East) that crossed it.
It also used to be referred to as 'neck end', a term for a cheap cut of meat that would have suggested that this area was not the best part of town in which to live.
With the exception of the Foresters Arms Public House, the area around this lower part of Bridge Street was cleared in the 1960s to make way for the roundabout for the present road bypass.
However, most of Madeley High Street remains untouched and looks exactly what it was like in the mid 1800s.
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