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Cromwell’s Bridge. Before I begin, if you don’t know who Oliver Cromwell is, learn your history. ;-]
This is Cromwell’s Bridge, about ¾ of the way through the Tolkien Trail, shot from the newer Lower Hodder Bridge.
Also known as Devil’s Bridge, this packhorse bridge across the River Hodder was built by Sir Richard Shireburn in 1562, replacing a wooden bridge dating from at least 1331. So Cromwell’s Bridge is at least 450 years old! Legend says that it was used by Oliver Cromwell and his 8,000-strong army during his march from Skipton to intercept the Royalists at the Battle of Preston in 1648.
I had to be super careful when shooting. See, the more modern Lower Hodder Bridge, where this photo was shot from, has no pedestrian footway. So I was taking this photo as cars were whizzing past, inches from my back! Nervewracking? Definitely. Worth it, though. =]
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