Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

I have posted the packhorse bridge, from Wycoller, but there are three old bridges crossing the beck, in the village.

Today, I will show you the 'clapper bridge'.
Please, please open the photograph in the large format by clicking this link The Clapper Bridge as the details are so much clearer.

The clapper bridge, sometimes called the Druids’ Bridge, Weavers’ Bridge or the Hall Bridge, is just a short distance along the beck. This is a primitive structure but of massive proportions consisting of three flat gritstone slabs resting on two stone piers, one being a round-shaped boulder, the other a thinner pillar-shaped stone that looks quite fragile, but it is in fact very strong. It was originally a two-slab bridge supported on one central pier. However the bridge has succumbed to floods over the years and has had to be reconstructed a few times. Its three slabs are heavily worn by hundreds of years of use. There is a legend that says this bridge led to a grove where druids practiced their strange rituals; there is no sign of this mystical grove or amphitheatre today, and the handloom weavers of Wycoller have long-since hung up their clogs! The clapper bridge is thought to date from the 16th century, though a many historians ‘think’ it might date from before the Norman conquest (Bentley, John).

The clapper bridge leads across to Wycoller Hall and to the old aisled barn.

I decided to show the scene in black and white because it seemed to match the age and character of the scene. (I know many like coloured photographs, so I will put the colour version in a workshop.)

I will add a slightly different view of the clapper bridge, as a workshop, where the arrangement of the stones is clearer, but I prefer this composition.

Have a good day, Bev :-)

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