TOLL BRIDGE, Aldwark, North Yorkshire. (See comments box for story).

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Roy Pledger on January 14, 2012

In 1772, John Thompson was empowered by Act of Parliament to replace a ferry over the River Ure near the village of Aldwark in North Yorkshire with a toll bridge. Close to the confluence of the Nidd and Ouse this was, and still is an important river crossing. The bridge is still there and the toll these days is 40p for a car. The iron bridge has a slatted wood platform with a 7.5 tonnes weight limit and one feels the need to cross very carefully whilst saving the 25 miles round trip. Considering that the bridge was only intended for horse and cart traffic, is has lasted well.

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    by Roy Pledger