SD6178 : River Lune, Devil's Bridge at Kirkby Lonsdale

taken 5 months ago, near to Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria, Great Britain

River Lune, Devil's Bridge at Kirkby Lonsdale
River Lune, Devil's Bridge at Kirkby Lonsdale
Devil’s Bridge crossing the River Lune at Kirkby Lonsdale, is regarded as one of the finest mediĉval bridges still existing in England LinkExternal link . In common with many bridges of the same name LinkExternal link legend* has it that the bridge was built by Satan himself but It was probably built sometime in the late 14th or early 15th century by the monks of St Mary’s Abbey in York. The date is uncertain as all early records in York were lost during the Civil War. The bridge carried the Kendal to Skipton road until the 1930s when it was replaced with the Stanley Bridge, 150 metres to the south. It is a Grade I listed building (List entry Number: 1086899 LinkExternal link Historic England), now open only to pedestrians.

*The local legend is that the Devil appeared to an old woman, promising to build a bridge in exchange for the first soul to cross over it, thinking that it would be the woman herself. When the bridge was finished, the woman threw bread over the bridge and her dog chased after it, thereby outwitting the Devil.

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Date Taken
Monday, 3 December, 2018   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 11 December, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Rivers, Streams, Drainage 
Camera (from Tags)
Panasonic DC-G9 
River (from Tags)
River Lune 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 615 782 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:11.8972N 2:35.4153W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 616 783
View Direction
South-southwest (about 202 degrees)
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