ASHFORD in the WATER BRIDGE INSCRIPTION
Until 1931, the A6 road passed through Ashford in the Water and crossed the River Wye over an old bridge near the cricket ground.
An inscription is carved in the stone of this old bridge which reads - “M Hyde 1664”.
This relates to a tragic accident when the Reverend Hyde, Vicar of Bakewell, was thrown from his horse and drowned in the river.
There is an inscription on Cromford Bridge where a similar incident occurred in 1697 but thankfully in that case the rider, Benjamin Hayward, survived.
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