Duck Bridge - upstream side

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Duck Bridge takes its name from George Duck, a local master stonemason who restored it in the early 18th century, though when constructed in 1345 it was called Castle Bridge due to it's close proximity with Danby Castle just 500 yards away. It is believed to be one of the finest existing examples of what is known as a packhorse or bow bridge and was in regular use by vehicles crossing the river Esk until the late 1970's when such access was prohibited as a preservation measure and traffic now uses the ford instead . The measure post seems quite high but frequently the river rises to a level where the water travels around the bridge as well as through it !

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Comments (10)

keepclicking on April 7, 2012

Simply wonderful. Beautifully captured.

Yorkshire Sam on April 7, 2012

Wow ! that's the first time I've had a comment on an upload before I've even finished writing the intro, Cheers KC :o)

Richard Gregory 48 on April 7, 2012

It's Nice To See The Ford Crossing, And The Bridge In All It's Glory, Beautful Image..Like..Richard

Andy Rodker on April 7, 2012

This is nice as well, with the ford element giving interesting detail. Like.

I checked the date you took this Sam. Not April 1! I only did this because I find it curious that a packhorse (low) bridge builder / restorer should have the unusual if appropriate name of Duck! How come Neil hasn't cottoned on yet - or perhaps he's away?

Yorkshire Sam on April 7, 2012

Cheers Richard, the nice light certainly helps, seen on a dull day it doesn't have quite the same beauty. I toyed with the idea of cloning out the signage but then thought what the heck, it belongs there.

best wishes, Sam

Yorkshire Sam on April 7, 2012

Thanks Andy, Neil was with me on this outing so he may be busy editing his versions or more likely it's Saturday so he'll be out on the razzle.

regards, Sam :o)

Neil Grimwood on April 8, 2012

Me out on the razzle Sam!! you'll be giving people a bad impression,but ok, i do enjoy a couple on Sat night;-)) This is nice mate,you've captured that cloud before it went of into the wild blue yonder,nice use of the flood sign too,now why didn't i think of that.

Yorkshire Sam on April 8, 2012

You should know by now Neil that I'll use what there is to hide the unwanted , though it's probably the lesser of 2 evils here ;O). Note i did reduce the red of the sign too so it was less intrusive. Now then you old soak as if would I ever try to give others a wrong impression of you :o)) ? 7 / 1 I believe ;o)

Vince Byrne on April 8, 2012

Wonderful image and thanks for sharing the history.




Yorkshire Sam on April 8, 2012

Cheers Vince, my pleasure.

regards, Sam

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 7, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Yorkshire Sam
    • Taken on 2012/04/05 16:40:57
    • Exposure: 0.020s (1/50)
    • Focal Length: 40.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/20.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO160
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash