parish bridge

1) This was a bridge that served only the local community and had to be maintained at the parish’s expense.

Local people were sometimes successful in having the status changed so that the Wapentake or Riding shared the cost. In 1683, for example, Cottingley Bridge was described as a useful bridge, lying in the direct … waine roade from Kighley to Bradford … formerly a parish bridge.

places Cottingley
dates 1683

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