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Ivelet Bridge and coffin stone

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Ivelet Bridge coffin stone

YDNPA, 2004,

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Ivelet Bridge and coffin stone

Historical Environment Record No: MYD35410

Parish: Muker

OS Grid Reference: SD933978

Dale: Swaledale

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Ivelet Bridge is an attractive single span bridge probably of 17th century date. It has a semicircular arch of rubble voussoirs, surmounted by smaller stones forming a hoodmould. The coffin stone is a stone slab set in the verge beside the carriageway of the bridge. Traditionally it is said to have been set there for the purpose of resting the wicker baskets used to carry corpses along the so-called Corpse Way from Upper Swaledale for burial in the churchyard at Grinton. Muker churchyard was consecrated in 1580 and the practice then ceased.
Hartley, Marie & Pontefract, Ella (1988) Swaledale. Otley: Smith Settle


Just under 1 1/2 miles west of Gunnerside on B6270 take unsigned right hand turn to Ivelet. Bridge is 250 metres down this road. Coffin stone set into verge side.

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Nearest town/village: Gunnerside. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.


Viewable from roadside.

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