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Abbey Bridge, Shap Rural
Abbey Bridge
site name:-   Lowther, River
locality:-   Shap Abbey
civil parish:-   Shap Rural (formerly Westmorland)
county:-   Cumbria
locality type:-   bridge
coordinates:-   NY54731534
1Km square:-   NY5415
10Km square:-   NY51

BJQ49.jpg (taken 22.7.2005)  

evidence:-   old map:- OS County Series (Wmd 14 13) 
placename:-  Abbey Bridge
source data:-   Maps, County Series maps of Great Britain, scales 6 and 25 inches to 1 mile, published by the Ordnance Survey, Southampton, Hampshire, from about 1863 to 1948.
"Abbey Bridge"
and just upstream of the existing bridge:-  "Bridge (Remains of)"

evidence:-   old print:- Green 1819
source data:-   Print, soft ground etching, Shap Abbey, Westmorland, by William Green, 1820, published by R Lough and Co, Chronicle Office, Finkle Street, Kendal, and others, 1820.
image  click to enlarge
Tipped in opposite vol.1 p.377 of The Tourist's New Guide, by William Green. 
printed at bottom right, centre:-  "Vol.I, page 377, line 9. / SHAP ABBEY. / Published at Ambleside, by Wm. Green, 1820."
item:-  Armitt Library : A1141.14
Image © see bottom of page

MN photo:-  
Just downstream of the bridge is a narrow path leading towards the river, ending some feet above water level. This is not understood. One suggestion was that it was to herd sheep to drop in the water, a sheep wash; we have NO evidence to support this idea.

BTF27.jpg (taken 18.7.2010)  
BTF28.jpg (taken 18.7.2010)  

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