The old small clapper bridge over Nanny Beck, Adel Woods.

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The old small clapper bridge over Nanny Beck, Adel Woods.

Postby Leodian » Thu 20 Jul, 2017 8:43 pm

Walking on the rough track from the Slabbering Baby spring in Adel Woods to the very near small pond you cross over Nanny Beck using a small clapper bridge. I have often used that small footbridge but I have never really given any thought to it. I recently though wondered about what seem to be stone steps on the pool side of the bridge. Though the appearance of the site seems not to have changed in the many years that I've seen it the site may have looked quite different in the past. I wonder for example why there may once have been a need for steps (assuming that is what they are). The bridge (marked 'FB', so footbridge) is marked there on an 1893 1:2,500 map (as was the pond and Mill Fall Cottage) so it was there at least then, though it and the pond are not marked on an 1851 1:10,560 map but perhaps the scale is too small. I have been unable to readily find (even on Leodis) any photos showing the site so I would be grateful if anyone knows of any that show it looking differently to what it does now.

These are 3 photos that I took on July 17 2017. Note that the ground on the beck side of the bridge does seem to have eroded so the steps have little behind them there. There is also a long stone pillar lying down on that side that looks as if it may have fallen at some time so perhaps it once supported the bridge.
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Re: The old small clapper bridge over Nanny Beck, Adel Woods.

Postby tilly » Fri 21 Jul, 2017 7:37 pm

Could this be an old mounting block to mount a horse.?They could have dismounted to cross the bridge just a thought. :D
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Re: The old small clapper bridge over Nanny Beck, Adel Woods.

Postby Leodian » Sun 23 Jul, 2017 10:42 pm

tilly wroteColonCould this be an old mounting block to mount a horse.?They could have dismounted to cross the bridge just a thought. :D


Hi tilly :). That's an interesting suggestion and not one that I had thought of.

With what at least now is a more or less level access on and off the bridge there does not seem to be a need of steps, but there might have been in the past. The large stone pillars are also interesting as they may have had a definite use at one time. I wonder if there was ever a gate or something to stop people and/or horses charging across? Perhaps there was a barrier on the sides of the bridge over Nanny Beck to stop falls into it? It's a shame there may be no old photos of the bridge showing what it looked like.
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Re: The old small clapper bridge over Nanny Beck, Adel Woods.

Postby sparky415 » Mon 24 Jul, 2017 8:14 am

I was there yesterday, it's a lovely lump of stone.....
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Re: The old small clapper bridge over Nanny Beck, Adel Woods.

Postby tilly » Mon 24 Jul, 2017 3:53 pm

I Leodian why i thought of this was few years ago at the bottom of Keeper Lane a rider rode her horse across the metal bridge. Or she might have lead it across either way the horse slipped splaying its legs and had to be put down, you can see the danger of riding across a narrow stone bridge still just a thought.
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Re: The old small clapper bridge over Nanny Beck, Adel Woods.

Postby tyke bhoy » Mon 24 Jul, 2017 7:00 pm

tilly wroteColonI Leodian why i thought of this was few years ago at the bottom of Keeper Lane a rider rode her horse across the metal bridge. Or she might have lead it across either way the horse slipped splaying its legs and had to be put down, you can see the danger of riding across a narrow stone bridge still just a thought.

I'm not totally ruling out the mounting stone but playing Devils Advocate
    There appear to be 4 "corner stones" wouldn't the diagonally opposite one also have some evidence of steps
    Wouldn't the horse be still be partly/mainly on the bridge
    I'm no equine expert but don't you mount horses from the left. The horse would be facing across the bridge
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Re: The old small clapper bridge over Nanny Beck, Adel Woods.

Postby Leodian » Mon 24 Jul, 2017 9:02 pm

When I took the photos of the clapper bridge on July 17 2017 the Sun shining through trees caused some problems which is why there are bright areas on the photos. This is a photo that I took on August 15 2016 that shows a better view and particularly of the clapper stone.
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Re: The old small clapper bridge over Nanny Beck, Adel Woods.

Postby tilly » Tue 25 Jul, 2017 8:40 am

Hi leodian knowing me im probably totally out of the ball park, if you were crossing the bridge going forward then it would be ok for dismounting .Likewise on the other side if there was another one to the right of your photograph it would allow you to dismount from the left also.What am i talking about im like the water under that bridge babbling on,Ha Ha.
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