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Dilston Bridge, Northumberland

The bridge spanned the Devil’s Water, just below Dilston (Devilston) Castle, to the east of Hexham. The name of the stream has no real satanic connotations! It probably comes from the Norman-French ‘de Ville’.Apart from a tiny sketch on an earlier map, this is the only record of the patched-up medieval bridge that was finally abandoned a few years after Grimm drew it. There were originally three arches. The two eastern arches were replaced by a single wider one, perhaps in the 17th century. One ivy-shrouded pier and the western abutment are all that remain today.

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