- Transcribed by Barb Baker Barb Baker
- Edition: January 24, 1874 January 24, 1874
THE BRIDGE OVER THE EAMONT.
On Wednesday week, a portion of the committee appointed at the Westmorland Quarter Sessions to examine into the reputed dangerous state of the bridge crossing the river at Eamont Bridge, met to view the structure, accompanied by MR. BINTLEY, the county bridge surveyor.
The gentlemen present were the
REV. CANON SIMPSON, D.D.
F. PARKER, Esq.
W. H. PARKIN, JUN., Esq., members of the Penrith Local Board of Health.
MR. WM. LYNN
MR. G. GOODBARN
MR. T. REDFERN
MR. J. PATTINSON.
A minute examination was made, and valuable hints and suggestions were given by MR. BINTLEY for the elucidation of the matter and the amendment of the evil, of which frequent complaint has been made, by widening the structure.
Whilst the gentlemen were prosecuting their investigation, a most conclusive illustration was given of the awkward and dangerous character of the bridge. A gig coming from the direction of Penrith, in which a lady and a gentleman were seated, was about to meet a brewer's dray proceeding in the opposite direction near the apex of the structure, and the latter had to draw aside into one of the recesses to allow the other conveyance to pass.
Although nothing of a definite nature was decided upon, an unanimous feeling seemed to prevail that steps must be taken, either by widening or some other means, to protect travellers from the great danger to which they are at present exposed.