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15. Walking in Glaisdale and Beggar's Bridge

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Beggars Bridge

The packhorse 'Beggar's Bridge' at Glaisdale, medieval in origin (probably 14th C) and rebuilt in the early 17th Century about 1620 by Alderman Thomas Ferris/Firris/Ferries of Hull. The story goes that Tom Ferries, the son of a poor sheep farmer fell in love with Agnes Richardson, the daughter of a wealthy Glaisdale landowner. However, her father refused to consent to the wedding - she was not to marry a poor beggar, unless Tom became a rich man! Ferries went to sea in 1586 and apparently was involved the defeat of the Spanish Amada and later sailed with Sir Francis Drake to the West Indies and became rich via piracy! He returned to England a rich man and married Agnes in 1592. They settled in Hull and Tome became City Sheriff of Hull and later Lord Mayor. His wife Agnes died in 1618 and in 1619 Tom Ferries remembering the difficulties of crossing the River Esk to meet Agnes commissioned 'Beggar's Bridge' to be built as a memorial to her.


The 'Beggars Bridge' seen from underneath the railway bridge near Glaisdale station on the Middlesbrough-Whitby line. The modern road bridge is in the background.

Glaisdale Village


The Old Vicarage


The Parish Church of St James the Apostle, Glaisdale

Esk Valley Railway Station and other Railway Scenes



The remains of the old coal staithes by Glaisdale station.

Low Brock Rigg-Rake Farm 1749 over doorway

By the farm is a bridge, apparently over nothing in particular! It was in fact built over a proposed mineral railway branch line across the moors for the ironstone industry - but was never built!

View from the railway bridge at Low Brock Rigg.

A diesel multiple unit train from Whitby to Middlesbrough.

General Views of Glaisdale Moor



Traces of trackway from mining operations - ironstone I presume?


continued from Fryup page 14 continued The south-west end of Glaisdale





Back to the parking spot on Glaisdale Moor above Street.

Another circular walk from Glaisdale

These pictures illustrate WALK 12 'LOWER GLAISDALE' from 'Walks on the North York Moors' Volume 1 by Jack Keighley

Starting from Beggars Bridge.


Walking south-east along by the River Esk on its south-east bank.






Some old industrial ruins of ? looked like a sluice gate?






Lodge Hill Farm and the fierce geese!






Bank House Brow Plantation








Looking down to lower Glaisdale and the village.









A tree graveyard!








Heading back down the road to Beggar's Bridge with Glaisdale Village above on your left.


The lower part of Glaisdale Village.


The Arncliffe Arms - the last pub in town!


Back to Beggar's Bridge.


The Arncliffe Arms in Glaisdale

the famous packhorse Beggars Bridge over the River Esk

Glaisdale is set in the North York Moors in the Esk Valley.

Glaisdale, North York Moors, North Yorkshire, England : The Arncliffe Arms is the last remaining pub in Glaisdale, North Yorkshire, England, and is just up the road from the famous packhorse Beggar's Bridge over the River Esk. Glaisdale is set in the North York Moors in the River Esk Valley.

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