Cromford Bridge Inscription
The inscription reads -
'THE LEAP OF B H MARE JUNE 1697'
The reason for the inscription was forgotton and many theories were forwarded until in 1933 Mr Henry Douglas wrote in "The Derbyshire Countryside" that according to a family tradition it related to Benjamin Hayward of Bridge House, whose horse failed to take the bend and leapt over the parapet into the river below.
Apparently both survived the jump and landed in the River Derwent with the rider still seated.
This was 33 years after a M Hyde performed a similar stunt at the bridge on the old road at Ashford in the Water but in this case the rider was killed.
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