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Aldwark Toll Bridge

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Aldwark Toll Bridge
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From  : Ouseburn, Yorkshire
To  : Linton-On-Ouse, Yorkshire
County
Yorkshire
Opening Date
1772
Toll
£0.40 (Cars)

Aldwark Toll Bridge is situated on the River Ure, near to the confluence of the Nidd (and thus forming the Ouse). It is one of only a few privately owned bridges in the country. Although the toll has risen from 15p to 40p (!) in recent years, it would cost more in petrol to make the free, 25 mile detour to the other side!

Although the bridge itself is made of iron, the deck is made of specially imported hardwood, and can be a bit disconcerting crossing in a large van! The weight limit is currently set at 7.5 tonnes, which is testament to the original builders, who only envisioned horse and carts crossing it.

History

In 1772, John Thompson was given the powers by an Act of Parliament to build a bridge over the Ure at this point, owing to the dangerous river conditions in the area. Oddly, in the 19th Century, the bridge was hit by an iceberg and was rebuilt - this is the bridge that is currently standing.



Aldwark Toll Bridge
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