Newtown Bridge is much more than an elevated roadway over the railway line: ‘The Bridge’ is Newtown’s civic and cultural heart. It was a popular open-air meeting site in the first half of the 20th century. It attracted political rallies, soapbox speakers and religious preachers, including  socialists and communists, supporters of the General Strike of 1917, and the Salvation Army. The late Bob Gould, a Newtown stalwart, remembered communists addressing passers-by from soapboxes were regularly arrested in the 1950s. (Source: Gritty Newtown)