rise bridge

1) Formerly, a ‘bridge’ could be a causeway across marshy ground rather than a structure across a stream or river. This best explains the meaning of the popular minor name Rise Bridge, since ‘rise’ was brushwood, the material used to make the causeway.

The name occurs as Risebrige in a Pool charter of around 1195-9, which then continues ‘and so through the midst of the marsh’. Similarly, there are references to Rysbriggs in Thornton in Craven and Risebriggkerr in undated deeds for Selby Abbey: in the latter case the marsh or kerr took its name from the causeway.

dates 1195-1199

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