Whilst researching the history of a nearby building, I recently found a description about Mid Letterick about third mile North of Crossbasket, that mentioned it was the home of “The Flag Bridge“. This name, being new to me and although just outside the Parish and no more, I decided to look at. This proved difficult and fellow history enthusiasts were equally stumped.
Looking at an 1859 map, I saw that the only crossing of the Cocks Burn, (apart from the Dalton Road) was at Mid Letterick. Then, I remembered a visit to Mid Letterick I made in September 2014 and wondered if it could have been the little bridge i saw there, which at the time, I didn’t think was too remarkable.
Looking back at photos of the day, I saw that the bridge DID have massive flagstones underneath it, supporting the weight of the structure on top. It is more than a glorified farming bridge and looking from this map, looks certain to be more than 150 years old. Worth another look, i’d say as the craftsmanship is actually quite good. Although I cannot be 100% certain, I’m fairly sure this is “The Flag Bridge”.
Thanks to Jim Brown for guiding me around that day.