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Paul Wilkinson
Thursday, April 30, 2009 08:00
Is there a Berks Bridge in Sutton?
Does anybody recognise the location of this old photo?

Berks Bridge

Andrew Monkhouse bought the postcard, described as a Sutton-in-Craven image, but we don't recognise the name or location.

The only place I can think of with a windy road dropping down to a bridge is Leys Lane where it crosses Sturgill Beck near Carr Head Lane.

If you recognise the location please add a reply.

alan smith
Thursday, April 30, 2009 09:06
This bridge is at the bottom of Nr Leys Lane,shown on the as Birks bridge.
Paul Wilkinson
Thursday, April 30, 2009 09:49
Thanks Alan. So it's just outside Sutton, unless the parish boundaries were different a hundred years ago.
Andrew Monkhouse
Thursday, April 30, 2009 13:55
A big thanks to the two sleuths Paul & Alan, mystery solved quicker than Sherlock Holmes could say ‘Elementary, my dear Watson' (which factually speaking was never said by Holmes in any of the 60 Sherlock stories written by Doyle, but who cares….)

Once it was revealed that Berks Bridge crosses Sturgill Beck at the bottom of Ley’s Lane near Carr Head Lane, I went straight to Google Earth for a satellite bird’s eye sticky beak of the place in question. But alas I couldn’t see Berks Bridge in the images, or even Sturgill Beck for that matter.

Then old dopey bonce here had a momentary lucid thought (a sudden rush of neurotransmitter activity firing unhindered across the synapses) and decided to simply Google ‘Becks Bridge Yorkshire’.

Within seconds I came across another, almost identical photograph of Berks Bridge, Ley’s Lane in Cowling, probably from the same time period – early 1900s.

Where did I find this? In the old gallery of our good friend and neighbour Cowling Web

Thanks once again guys, I’ll go back to sleep now.
sausage fingers
Thursday, April 30, 2009 14:06
Sorry Andrew, it's Surgill Beck not Sturgill Beck. If you look up Malsis Sutton in Google Maps rather than Google Earth you can see Carr Head Lane and the winding Leys Lane on the overlay. The bridge is masked by trees.
Joan (Cowling)
Friday, May 1, 2009 21:45
The photo/postcard on Cowlingweb came in recently from Ann Haggard, and her relatives the Snowdens are on it. Says Cowling on front so the boundary must have been around there at one time - Birks Farm close by to right. Am told Cross Yates is in Cowling.
Sunday, May 3, 2009 22:00
Mr. Bracewell Snowden was born at Ned O' Birks beerhouse in Ickornshaw, Cowling, on 30.11.1815 (from Jonas Bradley's little notebook Kly. Library) - possibly Ned was Edmund Laycock of Birks Farm? Beerhouse was probably the Old Black Bull/Grinning Rat at bottom of Nan Scar, Ickornshaw, Cowling.

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