Star.pngStar.pngStar.pngStar grey.pngStar grey.png

Cornhill (Highbridge)

From Roader's Digest: The SABRE Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Location Map ( geo)
Cameraicon.png View gallery (1)
Highway Authority
Junction Type
Mini Roundabout
Roads Joined
A38, B3139
Junctions related to the B3139

Today the Cornhill Junction in Highbridge is a busy 4-way mini roundabout on the A38. In the past, it was a very busy junction on the main artery to the south west from Bristol and the north. Summer Saturdays in the 1960s saw Highbridge come to a complete standstill as holidaymakers headed to the south west coast for their holidays. The problems were magnified by the close proximity of the level crossing with the Somerset & Dorset line to Burnham-on-Sea, which whilst regular passenger services had been withdrawn, remained open for the excursion trade - predominantly on summer Saturdays! This level crossing was sited just a little to the north on the A38, alongside Newtown Road.

However, with the arrival of the M5 in the 1970s, Highbridge was able to return to the peace and quiet it had experienced in the first half of the 20th century. Of course it is now much busier once more, with the town growing and the roads getting ever busier. The fourth arm of he roundabout, Tyler Way,was opened in the 1990s to give access to the new housing developments scheduled for the old market site. However due to a number of factors, only a small area of housing was built, and the market is yet to move.

The Cornhill Clock

Cornhill is perhaps most famous for the historic 3-sided clock. This once stood in the centre of the junction, with one face pointing each way on the A38, and the third facing down Market Street, the B3139. It was originally erected to celebrate Queen Victorias Jubilee in 1897, but in 1964 it was demolished by a lorry. The replacement was erected later the same year, and subsequently moved twice to become the centrepiece of the Jubilee Garden in 1977. This was sited alongside the junction, but was remodelled in the 1990s when the junction was enlarged with the creation of Tyler Way, heading north west.

Cornhill (Highbridge)
Related Pictures
View gallery (1)
Junctions on the A38
Bodmin - ExeterCallywith • Toll Gate House • Carminow Cross • Turfdown Roundabout • Twelvewoods Roundabout • Looe Mills • Moorswater • Island Shop • Lean Quarry • Menheniot • Trerulefoot Roundabout • Notter Bridge • Stoketon Cross • Latchbrook • Carkeel Roundabout • Saltash Town • St Budeaux • Weston Mill • Manadon • Forder Valley • Marsh Mills • Deep Lane • Voss Farm • Smithaleigh • Lee Mill • Westover • Wrangaton Cross • Woodpecker • Marley Head • Drybridge • Lower Dean • Dart Bridge • Peartree • Linhay Hill • Goodstone Cross • Drumbridges • Clay Lane • Chudleigh Station • Harcombe • Haldon • Splatford Split • Kennford • Wobbly Wheel • Pearce's Hill • Cullumpton
Tiverton - BristolTiverton Parkway • Waterloo Cross • Maiden Down • Perry Elm Roundabout • Chelston Roundabout • Chelston • Creech Castle • Walford Cross • Huntworth • Cross Rifles Roundabout • Dunball Roundabout • Edithmead • Cornhill • East Brent Roundabout • Cross • Churchill Gate Crossroads • Barrow Tanks • Lime Kiln Roundabout • Bedminster Bridge
Bristol - BirminghamSt James Barton • Filton Roundabout • Aztec West • Almondsbury Roundabout • Cross Keys Roundabout • Waterwells Roundabout • Wall's Roundabout • Coombe Hill • Gupshill Roundabout • Twyning • Rashwood • Slideshow Island • Harvester Island • Lydiate Ash • The Black Horse Junction • The Isaac Tongue Junction • Belgrave Interchange • Holloway Circus  • Paradise Circus  • St Chads Circus  • Lancaster Circus  • Dartmouth Circus • Park Circus
Birmingham - MansfieldGravelly Hill • Salford Circus • Birches Green • The Norton Crossroads • Tyburn House Island • Minworth Island • Langely Mill • Bassetts Pole • Weeford • Swinfen • Streethay • Hillards Cross • Barton Turn • Branston Junction • Clay Mills • Toyota Island • Findern • Kingsway Roundabout • Markeaton Island • Palm Court Island • Little Eaton Roundabout • Coxbench • Hartshay • Alfreton • Pinxton

SABRE - The Society for All British and Irish Road Enthusiasts
Discuss - Digest - Discover - Help