Beggars Bridge

Beggars Bridge

Beggars Bridge is an ancient packhorse bridge over the river Esk in Glaisdale, the story of how it came to be built is an interesting one.....Thomas Ferris was a young man from Glaisdale courting a lass who lived on the opposite side of the Esk, Thomas was a man of poor means who had hoped to marry his sweetheart and decided to go to sea to seek his fortune. On the day he was to say goodbye to his girlfriend he was stopped by the Esk being in flood and set off not having seen her to say goodbye. He went on to become a successful business man and came back to build the bridge so no other lovers would be kept apart by the river. The bridge bears his initials and the year 1619.
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