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Crook of Lune Bridge
River Lune, Beck Foot, northwest of Sedbergh, Cumbria
Crook of Lune Bridge
associated engineer
Not known
date  possibly 16th century
era  Tudor  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SD619963
ICE reference number  HEW 2135
photo  Paul Dunkerley / ICE R&D Fund
The Crook of Lune Bridge is a late medieval rubble masonry bridge that is now a Grade II* listed structure. Of unknown date, it is believed to have originated as a packhorse or drover's bridge for the movement of livestock southwards.
Little used by car today, the bridge is now crossed by a long distance walking route called the Dales Way. It is also crossed by a branch of the cycle network. Although the construction date of the bridge is uncertain, Jervoise notes that repairs were recorded in 1702, in 1758, and again in 1817.
Located on a narrow country lane that once served as an old drove road, and that passes east under Lowgill Viaduct before reaching the River Lune, the bridge has two segmental arches that span 29m. Each arch has a 1m deep ring of rough slate slabs with a 3m rise. The single river pier has a pointed cutwater on both upstream and downstream faces that is some 3m wide and some 7m long. There are curved wing walls on each side.
On the southeast side are three interesting rows of pointed stones like ‘teeth’ protruding from the face of the southeast wing wall. Their purpose is undetermined. The overall length of the bridge, including approaches, is 51m. The roadway is unusually narrow at some 2m between parapet walls, and is only wide enough for single traffic.
Less than 3km away is another bridge believed to be medieval in origin, Lincoln's Inn Bridge.
Research: PD and AJD
bibliography
"The Ancient Bridges of the North of England" by E Jervoise
EP Publishing Ltd, Wakefield, 1973
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Crook of Lune Bridge