Newby Bridge Cumbria
N 54° 16.139 W 002° 58.220
30U E 501932 N 6013449
Quick Description: Newby Bridge is the name of the area around this ancient crossing over the Leven river, and the structure itself. Originally a wooden packhorse bridge, rebuilt many times to the five-arched stone bridge we see today. very scenic. Scheduled monument.
Location: Northwest England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/11/2007 4:05:13 PM
Waymark Code: WM17F6
This would have been a wooden bridge several hundred years ago. Replaced with wooden spans, until enough money was found to create a stone bridge. Repairs were paid for through charging a toll, helped by the turnpike act. These early bridges would have had no hand rails nor parapets, making crossing quite scary, as it would have been only just wide enough for a cart. Parapets are a modern invention.
Modern coping stone has bridge name chiselled on. A scheduled monument and a grade 2 star listed building. This bridge was the only crossing point at the south end of Windermere (lake). All traffic going to Furness had to cross here, if they did not cross Morecambe Bay sands from Hest Bank to Kents Bank, a much shorter route.
There are woodcut drawings in nearby Swan Hotel of the old bridge.
Old county boundary ran down middle of Leven river, making administration of this bridge a bureaucratic problem.
Bridge is on a slow bend on north side of the A590.
Swan Hotel has a gallery of images of the bridge. (visit link