The many clothes shops and cafes that now exist were once hay and corn stores, groceries, tinsmiths, hotels, factories and butchers to surgeries. Take a stroll down Bridge Rd and relive the history of the area.
Historical plaques are placed on many of Bridge Roads buildings and the larger signs give you a glimpse into the development of a street with a long history.
Bridge Road Main Street Incorporated has been in existence for 20 years, taking a lead role and working to support the businesses with a collective marketing and management program that builds the offer, appeal and performance of Bridge Road. We have been able to produce and deliver events, marketing, branding and tourism initiatives, as well as perform an advocacy role to Council and stakeholders.
Please visit us soon!
You have probably come to Bridge Road to shop – and why not?
It is an area renowned for great shopping. But are you aware that this road has a history dating back to 1837 – just two years after the European settlement of the colony of Victoria?
The first land sales took place on 1 August, 1839. It’s hard to imagine that Bridge Road was once so rural as the trams rattle by and the cars stream past.
The rural past and the developing community that was Richmond were reflected in the types of shops that were established along the road. The many clothes shops and cafes once housed an amazing variety of businesses form hay and corn stores, groceries, tin smiths, hotels, factories and butchers to surgeries.
This walk is designed in conjunction with building plaques and larger signs. Its intention is to give you a glimpse into the development of a street with a long history.
Although the walk is not designed to take a specific direction, this guide is arranged to start from the corner of Hoddle Street and Bridge Road.
The walk is approximately 2km long and would take 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete.