The first Cobden Bridge was built in 1883 by the National Liberal Land Company (NLLC), the developers of Bitterne Park estate. The triangle of ground at the east end of the bridge where Manor Park Road, Cobden Avenue and Whitworth Road converged was where the NLLC had its office while the estate was being built. It quickly became known as the ‘Triangle’ and the name seems to have endured. The clock tower, erected in 1889 at the junction of Above Bar Street and New Road, was moved to the Triangle in the 1930s.
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