Esoteric London

No. 704: Green Lanes, N13

Posted in Lettering, The Lea, Transport by esotericlondon on November 8, 2012

Deadman’s Bridge, Green Lanes, London, N13. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

On Green Lanes just north of the North Circular in N13 is a small bridge called Deadman’s Bridge. Nobody seems to know why it is inflicted with such a moniker but it seems to be an ancient tag rather than one of modern times. What is known is that the bridge spans the Pymmes Brook a fifteen and a half kilometre tributary of the River Lea. Attached to the bridge is the plaque in the photograph above the inscription on which reads:

‘COUNTY OF MIDDLESEX

TAKE NOTICE that this Bridge

which is a County Bridge is insufficient to carry

weights beyond the ordinary traffic of the

District and that the owners and persons in

charge of LOCOMOTIVE TRACTION ENGINES

and heavily laden CARRIAGES are warned

against using the Bridge for the passage of

any such Engines or Carriages

Richd. Nicholson

Clerk of the Peace.’

R.D.

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