resent bridge; there is a singular fact connected with the location of this bridge, which would seem to indicate that if not commenced earlier than the year 1637 (as we believe it to have been) it was at least in contemplation as early as the year 1631.
It was in that year that Governor Winthrop received the grant of land known as the Ten Hills farm, and the northwest corner of this grant was located exactly at the southeast corner of the bridge.
Could this have been accidental, or was it by d the growing towns, especially as Medford was in the line of travel between the north and south shores of Massachusetts bay.
It is entirely within the bounds of possibility to believe that the site of this bridge was selected as early as the year 1631, if not before.
The first reference to this bridge in the records of the General Court is in the year 1639:
At the General Court held in Boston the 22nd.
of the 3rd.
month (called May) 1639. Mr. Mathew Cradock is freed of rates to the Coun