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Froggatt Edge and Bridge, near Grindleford

Froggatt Edge is a gritstone escarpment in North Derbyshire, overlooking the village of Froggatt, the hamlets of Stoke and Goatscliffe and the River Derwent. It is a continuation of Curbar Edge and was described by Ebenezer Rhodes, who toured the county in the early nineteenth century, as "that lofty ridge of mountains". He went on to say that "the view from this rocky elevation, in grandeur and sublimity, is unsurpassed in Derbyshire : indeed it would be difficult to find in one short mile of road, in any other part of the kingdom, a succession of scenery more richly and beautifully varied than is here presented. ... On one side of the river the highest eminences are turreted with broken crags of rock, which is the grand marking feature of every lofty projection from Froggatt to Mill-stone Edge"[1]. Many have enjoyed the view and in recent years the actress Keira Knightley was filmed standing on the top of the Edge in the film version of Jane Austen's early nineteenth century novel "Pride and Prejudice".

The pretty bridge, with its pointed arch spanning the River Derwent, is in Froggatt itself. The second arch, to its left, is rounded. Thomas Tudor described it as a "quaint lop-sided little bridge built in the seventeenth century for packhorse traffic"[2] and, somewhat earlier, Strephon had enthused in a Derbyshire paper: "Froggatt Bridge, a fine old structure, where the stream is olive-green in its reflection of the overhanging foliage"[3].

A second bridge, Froggatt New Bridge, was built a little further downstream in 1781[4]. When a dispute arose in 1866 about who should pay for its repair, the Q.C. who was consulted referred to Lord Ellenborough's Act (43rd of Geo. III) which ordered that any bridge built before 1803 must become a county bridge[4]. For a time, traction engines were banned from driving over many of the county bridges[5] but in 1896 it was announced that Froggatt Old Bridge was to be repaired[6]. It may have been repaired, but it has not been widened.

Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire - Froggatt is given under Curbar.

"Froggatt Edge and Bridge, near Grindleford". G. Marsden & Son, Wirksworth and London, No.2722. Derbyshire "Artistic" Series. Posted 12 Mar 1908 in Bristol.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

[1] Rhodes, Ebenezer (1824) "Peak Scenery" pub. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, Paternoster Row. Also see Map of Derbyshire, 1824 - Mr. Rhodes's Excursions
[2] Tudor, Thomas Linthwaite (1926) "The High Peak to Sherwood, The hills and dales of old Mercia", published London by Robert Scott
[3] "Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald", 10 August 1895. The Derwent and its Tributaries by Edward Bradbury (Strephon).
[4] "The Derby Mercury", 24 October 1866, report of the October Sessions, held on Tues 16th October.
[5] "Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald", 4 April and 20 Oct 1883. Many of the bridges had to be strengthened.
[6] "Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald",7 November 1896.

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