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Devil's Bridge

By Sezz    
Devil's Bridge - Kirkby Lonsdale. The town is noted for the Devil's Bridge which at one time carried the Skipton to Kendal road over the River Lune. It dates from around 1370 and is constructed of fine gritstone ashlar. It has three spans and the piers are hexagonal, measuring 60 feet (18m) around and extend upwards to provide pedestrian refuges. At the eastern end is a sundial in the form of a square block on an octagonal column.

The bridge was probably built by the monks of St Mary's Abbey, York. In common with many bridges of the same name, legend holds that the Devil appeared to an old woman, promising to build a bridge in exchange for the first soul to cross over it. When the bridge was finished, the woman threw bread over the bridge and her dog chased after it, thereby outwitting the Devil. Several large stones in the surrounding area, including the Great Stone of Fourstones, are ascribed to the Devil's purse-strings bursting open as he ferried masonry to build it.

Thanks for your time, as always your thoughts/comments are very welcome.

Regards - Sarah J x

Tags: Cumbria Bridge Architecture Kirkby lonsdale Devils bridge Kentscape

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saeidNL 10 3 Netherlands
3 Sep 2015 10:16AM
Fantastic
3 Sep 2015 10:48AM
Brilliant image and info about the bridge
ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
3 Sep 2015 11:20AM
Lovely write-up even without a first class upload!

Edited for typo.
mrswoolybill Plus
13 2.3k 2274 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2015 12:55PM
It's a remarkably common name. A sign of a certain amount of moral insecurity, I suspect...
3 Sep 2015 5:05PM
A well chosen view point Sarah, nice one.

JohnSmile
Sezz 15 619 15 England
3 Sep 2015 5:54PM
Thank you all for your time and kind comments, always appreciated!
I will in time, get to catch up with all of your work, Just not had much free time over the last few months, or use of the PC - hope everyone is well Smile

Sarah x
Richsr 13 91 223 England
3 Sep 2015 6:31PM
Good view point Sarah.Know the location but never photographed it.
Good info too
R. .

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