About the project

This part of the mural shows some games children played in the early 20th century.

Welcome to the website of the Milford Street Bridge Project, a community heritage and arts project based in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and run by the St Edmunds Community Association.

The Milford Street Bridge is a large flyover, which carries the city’s ring-road.  It was built in the early 1970s and for nearly forty years its bare concrete walls were a giant eyesore.

In 2010 we got permission to paint a mural on one of the walls, showing life as it had been in the area “before the bridge”.  We interviewed many people who had lived and worked there and collected a great archive of memories and pictures.  A tiny proportion of these are reflected in the mural – now you can find the stories and pictures here on our website.

A second mural

In 2012 we created another mural for the opposite wall to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.  It shows how Salisbury has celebrated royal events over the years, and again you will find the memories and stories here.

You will also find sections on the people and places that we have found out about, plus the events that we have run. Some of these sections don’t have much in at the moment but will be added to by our team of volunteers as time allows!

Our Memory Walk

There is also a fantastic “Memory Walk” which you can follow on a smartphone or download and print. This takes you on a meandering walk through the project area, with lots of historical information, anecdotes and of course memories of the area.

Resources for schools

Our resources section contains information on our oral history CD “Before the Bridge” and our Education Packs for primary schools.

We hope you enjoy your visit. If you have any stories you would like to share, please contact us using the links on all the pages.

from the Website Team



Comments about this page

  • How I wish I had known about this page. I know an elderly gentleman who lives opposite Culver Street Car Park and has done so for 94 years having been born there. He has many clear memories about living there after the 1930’s having been born in 1928, and would have loved to have contributed to your page.

    By Daphne Rudd (01/01/2023)
  • I have very many happy memories of Foster’s Bakery. Although we had Marshall’s Bakery on the corner of Greencroft St we always reckoned that Fosters was superior. Large loaf fourpence halfpenny, small loaf threepence farthing!

    By Michael Safe (13/10/2020)
  • I can relate to everything on this fantastic mural. I lived almost opposite the Invicta leather works, in fact the double doors was our GOAL when the factory was closed. I remember the drover Percy Andrews and Fosters bakery.
    My best friend and i used to have a trolley made from pram wheels as depicted in the picture.
    When I was old enough my friends and I would often drink in the Crystal Fountain and even before that we would purchase crisps from the jug & bottle. The only thing I can not relate to is the young lady who perished on the Titanic

    By T.Dalton (04/08/2014)

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