Monday, 16 December 2019
Nanny Moore's Bridge in Bude
Today a look at the 18th century Nanny Moore's Bridge in Bude. Above is how the bridge looks today and below how it looked in days of old.
The three span bridge is a Grade II listed building and originally had a cantilevered section so that boats could proceed along the River Neet.
Today it is only used by pedestrian but was built when carts and packhorses would trundle across.
Until the nineteenth century it was simply known as Bude Bridge. So why the change to Nanny Moore's bridge?
Not sure exactly why the name was altered but it seems it was named after a 'dipper' who lived nearby.
A dipper would escort and help ladies, who wanted to swim in the nearby sea. She would be a strong person, sometimes in charge of a bathing machine. This was to protect the modesty of 19th century ladies - no bikinis and the like back then!
Another Bridge Post:
The 500 Plus Year Old Bridge in St.Austell, Cornwall
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