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Good Morning Everyone,

As promised, this is a photograph of the ancient clapper bridge, which can be observed through the windows of Wycoller Hall. (Please see my previous post.)

A clapper bridge is an ancient form of bridge found on moors and upland areas of the United Kingdom. It is formed by large flat slabs of granite or schist supported on stone piers (across rivers), or resting on the banks of streams.
This Clapper Bridge (sometimes called the Hall Bridge, Weavers Bridge or Druids Bridge) had two stone slabs supported by a central stone pier, with their ends on the banks of the stream. Some say it is of medieval origin but the official county documents states that its age is indeterminate and could be older.
The eastern slab broke and the bridge was repaired by supporting the cracked slab on another stone pier closer to the east bank.
The surface of this bridge's slabs had grooves worn by iron horseshoes but these were chiselled out around 1910 when a farmer's daughter tripped on the grooves and fell to her death in the stream below.

I hope you found this interesting.
I will add some other information from the village as a workshop.

Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)

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