Bridges & Battles

(Our trail begins on the pedestrian bridge, adjacent to the stone bridge, overlooking The New Inn and car park. Use ‘View on map’ from the trail’s homepage to reach point ‘1’ and the start of the trail).

As you stand, overlooking the peaceful scene of the River Derwent, it’s hard to imagine that the Battle of Stamford Bridge took place at a crossing somewhere along this river on 14th October 1066.  There is still some debate as to whether a settlement existed here at the time, although it’s known that the Roman village of ‘Derventio’ (70AD) was located about 1 mile south of here.  The stone bridge behind you dates from 1727.

By the time our archive photograph was taken in 1910, the river was used for water mills, and ten years later it would see the introduction of pleasure craft, which are still popular to this day.