A fine stone bridge over the River Esk near to Glaisdale bears the date 1619 and the initials T.F. Thomas Ferris was a young farm labourer who live in Glaisdale in the 17th century. When young Tom visited his sweetheart, Agnes Richardson, who lived at Egton on the other side of the river, he was often obliged to either wade or swim across the sometimes turbulent river because there was no bridge. Agnes was the daughter of the local Squire who strongly disapproved of the relationship and legend has it that Tom went to sea to seek his fortune and actually sailed on the Spanish Main, where he helped to capture a galleon and shared in the plunder of gold and precious stones. He returned to marry his sweetheart and became Lord Mayor of Hull.
Tom built Beggar’s Bridge to fulfil a vow that young lovers in the area would be able to meet under drier conditions and in gratitude for his own good fortune.
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Photo taken in Glaisdale, North Yorkshire, UK
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