Rumour has it that following the horrific flood on December 5th the bridge linking the two parts of the town will be closed since it is said to have shifted Until the coming of the Normans the only way to cross the Eden was by the ford at Bongate. Once the Norman lord arrived and built his castle a bridge was needed.
By 1888 the bridge had been damaged by so many floods that it needed to be replaced. There were the usual arguments - was it to be an iron bridge or a stone bridge, who was going to pay - the County Council or Appleby Corporation. In the end the county paid and the new bridge was built - of stone - but not before another flood washed away the foundations. I have a feeling that the contractor got washed away as well but that information is held in our archive which is on the other side of the bridge!