Out & About …

… on the North York Moors, or wherever I happen to be.

Whitbread Memorial Bridge

Whitbread Memorial Bridge

One for posterity, tomorrow work begins on replacement of the Whitbread Memorial Bridge. The High Street is due to be closed for 5 days while the work is carried out.

The existing footbridge over the River Leven into Waterfall Park is a war memorial1“Ayton Mines WW1.” 2021. Imperial War Museums <https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/29629> [accessed 13 June 2021]. It was presented in 1919 by the Under-Manager of the Ayton Ironstone Mines, Mr. George Whitbread, and erected by the miners themselves, in memory of their five fellow workers who lost their lives in World War One:

      • Private Lawrence Johnson
      • Private Ernest Pearson
      • Robert Theobald
      • Private Arthur Wilks
      • Private Charles Wildman

The reasons given for the replacement are a deterioration of the surface and accessibility not up to modern standards, so I understand the new bridge will be wider (1.5 metres)2“19/00329/FUL | Replacement of the Pre-Existing (Whitbread Memorial) Footbridge across the River Leven between the High Street & Waterfall Park, Great Ayton. | Whitbread Footbridge Park Rise Great Ayton North Yorkshire.” 2019. Hambleton.gov.ukhttps://planning.hambleton.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?keyVal=PMTM44HUHEA00&activeTab=summary> [accessed 13 June 2021].



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