7 October. Petition of the inhabitants of K. Lonsdale and
neighbourhood respecting a very useful bridge near Barbon called
Hodge Bridge over the river called Barbon beck, and the highway
between the bridge and the houses lying by the river side, being
both very much our of repair to the danger of travellers between
Sedbergh and K. Lonsdale; Order to the constablewick of Barbon
to erect a sufficient bridge where the other bridge stood and repair
the way now in decay. (K. Order Book, 1696–1724). At the
following January Sessions it was found that the bridge ought also to
be repaired by Richard Dodgson and Samuel Gibson, by reason of
their tenure of a parcel of land called Le Waistes lying near the said
bridge. K. Indictment Book, 1692–1724.
21 April. Further order to the inhabitants of Barbon to repair
Hodge Bridge and the way there, before 1 July next or else to be
severely fined. (K. Order Book, 1696–1724). On 6 October following the order was made absolute. Ibid.
17 April. Ordered that the Chief Constable of Lonsdale Ward view
the defects of Barbon bridge and give an estimate. K. Order Book,
17 April. Presentment that the public bridge in Barbon is in
great decay for want of repair. K. Indictment Book, 1692–1724.
April. Presentment that the alta via Regia into Underley and
Barbon Beck foot is very ruinous. K. Indictment Book, 1725–37.
At Barbon High Beck Foot there is an ancient pack-horse bridge
which must be the narrowest in the Barony; it is only 2 ft. 5 inches
between the parapets and 4 ft. wide over all. It has a single span
of 23 feet across the Beck and the crown of the arch rises 6 ft. above
the mean water level. In its way it is almost unique and should be
11 April. Order to the 2 high constables to view Barbon Bridge
and contract for the repair of the same. K. Order Book, 1738–50.
14 July. Presentment that there is a certain common and ancient
King's highway leading between the market towns of K. Lonsdale
and Sedbergh, and that a certain part of the same at High Lane
beginning at Ellerbeck and from thence unto Rainrigg beck containing in length about one mile and in breadth 8 feet is very ruinous,
miry, deep broken and in decay, etc., and that the inhabitants of the
township of Barbon ought to repair it. (K. Indictment Book, 1750–
60). At the court held on 5 October, 1753 the road was certified as
well and sufficiently repaired and the indictment was discharged.
7 October. Presentment that a common public bridge called
Barbon Bridge situate over Barbon beck in the highway called the
Low Road leading from the town of Sedbergh to the town of K.
Lonsdale is very ruinous and in great decay, etc. and that the public
ought to repair and amend the same. (K. Indictment Book,
1770–80). Ordered that the two high constables view and report
the condition at the next sessions. (Ibid.). Certified on 27 April,
1772, as in good and sufficient repair so that the indictment can be
discharged. K. Order Book, 1770–80.
4 May. Certificate under the hands of William Braithwaite,
Joseph Salkeld, James Coates and John Coates, that a dwelling
house in the possession of Thomas Winn in Barbon, was intended to
be used for religious worship; allowed. K. Order and Indictment
26 April. Presentment that on the King's common highway
leading between the market towns of K. Lonsdale and Dent there is a
common public bridge called Blind beck bridge in the townshship of
Barbon that is in a very ruinous and broken condition, etc. and that
the inhabitants of the county ought to repair the same. (K. Indictment Book, 1811–17). On 12 July following the inhabitants pleaded
Guilty and were fined £50 if the bridge is not repaired sufficiently
before the Midsummer Session, 1814. Ibid.
12 July. Order for the diverting and turning of a road within the
township of Barbon through the lands and grounds of James Harrison
of Lowfields, instead of the road now used, a plan of the same being
filed. K. Indictment Book, 1811–17.
3 January. Report that Hodge Bridge requires the expenditure
of £100 in building retaining walls and in making the bridge secure.
Ordered that plans and estimates be prepared. K. Minute Book,