The 16th and 17th Century houses to the east and west of Chapel Hill, just south of the railway bridge, were just some of the historic buildings lost as a consequence of the decision to greatly expand the town of Basingstoke under the Town Development Act of 1961. Very few historic buildings had statutory protection when much of the demolition took place, and there was no requirement for them to be recorded before they disappeared. Tantalising remnants in the Museum, saved from the skip or the bonfire, hint at the probability that a number of important unrecorded buildings were lost.
The rectangular holes in the railway bridge parapet appeared during the Second World War. They represent a still visible sign of the many measures taken across the country to frustrate an invasion. It would be interesting to know if any former members of the local Home Guard can recall being on duty on the bridge?