1) It was not unusual for a plank to be placed across a ditch or gutter to serve as a bridge.

In 1543, for example, Jefferaye Charder of Reeth sought to provide such a convenience for the parish: I will that my executors shall bye one tree of one foote brode and laye yt over Waveland becke. In Methley, in 1469, several tenants were ordered to place brigtrees near their houses in the common way, and in 1590 Thomas Blewett was ordered to place a paire of guttertrees in the common lane: these were called gutter trees as early as 1509.

places Methley Reeth
dates 1469 1509 1543 1590

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