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The Halfpenny Bridge was constructed in 1869 for Mr John Thomas Wharton of Skelton by Messers Hopkins, Gilkes and Company Limited for a cost of £7000. Its purpose was to open up the opposite side of the valley for development (which never actually happened)
The iron bridge was somewhere between 120ft – 160ft high (depending on your sources) and 660 feet long. Faced with rising maintenance costs the bridge was sadly demolished on 17 December 1974
A small bridge made from salvaged parts of the original still crosses the river.
In the woodland on the Saltburn side, remains of the bridge abutment can still be found.
Next to the modern bandstand is a plaque which marks the Saltburn end of the bridge
The railings behind the bandstand are also the same design from the bridge
The toll-keepers house also still stands on the Skelton side.