A Bridge of Charity – Linnels Bridge

This is about a bridge near Hexham, and comes from Highways & Byways in Northumbria provides one of the rare pieces of evidence that roads and bridges were often built as acts of charity, to help a person once departed to have an easier journey to paradise:

The bridge carries an inscription:

God Presarve Wimfoira Evengton,

Bedlldete This Brege of Lyme and stone,

1581

The date 1581 is borne out by the character of the mouldings but the bridge of that date appears to have been superseded by another built in 1698, or after Benedict Errignton and John Heron owners of the Linnels, “were presented by the Grand Jury for having suffered he Linnels Bridge to get out of repair it having been at first built by the owner of he Linnels.

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