Cromwells Bridge by Irene  Burdell

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No longer in use, Cromwell’s Bridge once carried a packhorse trail over the River Hodder, about a mile from its confluence with the Ribble. It earned its name after Oliver Cromwell’s parliamentary army crossed the bridge on their way from Gisburn to where they fought the King’s men in the Battle of Preston.
This is the lowest crossing point of the Hodder and it seems an earlier bridge preceeded this one. The “Brig of Hoder” is referred to in a judgement by Richard Sherburne in 1430. That bridge was damaged by floods. It was a later Sir Richard Sherburne, presumably a descendant, who provided the stone and paid the masons to build Cromwell’s Bridge, as it was later to be known.
The connection with Cromwell dates from 16th August 1648, when his 8,000-strong army passed over it. The Battle of Preston took place on the following day — the Royalists were routed. In a letter to the Speaker of the House of Commons, Cromwell states that they held a council of war at the bridge, though he misidentifies it as “Hodder Bridge over Ribble”.
This crossing point is still used today — Cromwell’s Bridge has been replaced by the Lower Hodder Bridge of 1819, which is a little upstream of this site.
Cromwell’s Bridge has three segmental circular arches. It was a little over 2m wide and had low parapets so as not to impede the progress of packhorses with large panniers crossing it.

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  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 2 years ago

  • 29Breizh33
    29Breizh33over 2 years ago

    Superb image. Beautiful work Irene. x

  • Thank you so much Michelle x
    Not long to go now for your holiday , I hope you have a wonderful time x

    – Irene Burdell

  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsover 2 years ago

    Gorgeous capture, editing, and narrative Irene. xx

  • Thank you so much Richard xx

    – Irene Burdell

  • naturelover
    natureloverover 2 years ago

    Terrific edit Irene, and a superb capture x

  • Thank you Pauline x

    – Irene Burdell

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehover 2 years ago

    You sure do shine a light on history Irene – through the story you re-tell and the way enhance an image ;)

  • Thank you so much Mui-Ling x

    – Irene Burdell

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 2 years ago

    What a beautiful Autumnal capture dear Irene.x

  • Thank you so much Catherine x

    – Irene Burdell

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 2 years ago

    pretty view Irene…with so much history…love the hint of warm colours on the trees too x

  • Many thanks Linda x

    – Irene Burdell

  • pauldana
    pauldanaover 2 years ago

    Very nice

  • Thank you Paul x

    – Irene Burdell

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 2 years ago

    Wow fascinating, you don’t see many of that type.

  • Thank you so much Colin , it was a bit hairy walking accross it lol x

    – Irene Burdell

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 2 years ago

    Nice note on the history Irene, with a very beautiful shot using the Autumn trees as an excellent back drop.

  • Thank you so much Jim x

    – Irene Burdell

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