Beggar’s Bridge

At the eastern edge of the village of Glaisdale (in Eskdale) is the single span of Beggar’s Bridge, built by Thomas Ferris in 1619. He was a poor man who hoped to wed the daughter of a wealthy local squire. In order to win her hand, and feeling like a beggar, he set sail from Whitby to make his fortune. On the night that he left, the Esk was swollen with rainfall and he was unable to make a last visit to his intended. In his travels he became rich and on his return was able to marry the squire’s daughter. He built Beggar’s Bridge so that future lovers need not be separated.
Here it is today:
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About Harry Nicholson

I'm an enameller who works with a kiln, fusing pictures in glass onto copper. I write a few poems and short stories. There is an eBook anthology of them, 'Green Linnet' on Amazon. Also a novel, 'Tom Fleck', set in the North of England of 1513 - the year of Flodden. A sequel to 'Tom Fleck' is 'The Black Caravel' published in 2016. My anthology of poems came out in 2015: 'Wandering About.' I've a blog of poems, stories and art at: https://1513fusion.wordpress.com/
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3 Responses to Beggar’s Bridge

  1. restlessjo says:

    Nice thought isn’t it? I’ve been there a time or two.
    Tomorrow I’ll be out with my walking friends in the Osmotherley area.
    I don’t know if you’ve come across another Hartlepudlian, David Hall? He has a great photographic blog. http://davidohall.wordpress.com/

  2. Hello, Chris. There is no info posted on the bridge. It just stands unadorned except for autumn leaves that float around it. It’s in the local guide books though. and all the indigenes know the story.

  3. ChrisJ says:

    Fascinating story. I hope the bridge has a plaque detailing the story behind it.

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