er the bridge.
George Buncker, Geo. Hutchinson, and James Hayden were appointed to be at the General Court next, to witness to the concerning of Mr. Cradock's bridge.
No mention is made of this suit in the records of the General Court.
In 1879, when the old drawbridge was removed to prepare for the foundations of the present stone bridge, a portion of an ancient structure was found on the north side of the river, and the removal of this old structure disclosed the methods of its construmit to build a level bridge, which petition was granted, with the proviso that it should be so constructed as to allow a section 40 feet in width to be removed for the passage of vessels up and down the river.
No action was taken to rebuild until 1879, when the General Court was again petitioned by sundry inhabitants of the town, asking that the proviso requiring a movable section be repealed.
This petition was granted, and the present stone bridge was built in 1880.
The bridge at the wears
the end of the first rangeway.
There was a way leading west from the third rangeway, near where Waterworks or Capen street is now located.
Also one leading from Harvard street along the southwest bounds of Governor Winthrop's farm.
The town of Charlestown laid out a way on the south side of the river, west of and adjoining Mistick bridge, for the purpose of landing materials for the repair of the southerly half of the bridge.
A portion of this way was in existence as late as the year 1879.
It was entirely obliterated by the building of the stone bridge, which is twelve feet wider than the old drawbridge.
An old way, called Brickyard lane, extended from South street, southerly, to the brickyards.
A portion of this way can still be seen to the south of Summer street. It is sometimes called Oak street. The brickyards were situated between Summer and George streets, on both sides of Brickyard lane.
South street was early known as the Fordway, or the Way to the ford.