Structure / Site Summary for 260850

Bridge SAC/138 - Ais Gill Bankseats / Hangman's Bridge (removed)

Bridge SAC138 Ais Gill Demolished: Elevation view from the south east

Key details from the SCRCA Structure Record

Brief description: Bridge SAC/138 - Ais Gill Bankseats / Hangman's Bridge (removed)

Assessment status: Assessed

Location 1 - Rail-miles: 260

Location 2 - Chains: 66.00

Location 3 - Position relative to main running lines (tracks): Above

Is a structure of this type shown at this location on the MR 1911 landplan?: Yes

Construction / installation period: MR-C

Current Use: Demolished

Visibility: Visible

Accessibility (ease of access): Easy


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1: Context views

05 March 2014
260850 Bridge SAC/138 Hangman's Bridge (removed):Context view from the east     
24 October 2013
260850 Bridge SAC/138 Hangman's Bridge (removed):Context View from the southeast     
24 October 2013
260850 Bridge SAC/138 Hangman's Bridge (removed):Context View from the s-east     
22 July 2013
Bridge SAC138 Ais Gill Demolished: Context view from the south west     
22 July 2013
Bridge SAC138 Ais Gill Demolished: Context view from the south west     

2: Elevation views

28 August 2013
Bridge SAC138 Ais Gill Demolished: Elevation view from the east     
28 August 2013
Bridge SAC138 Ais Gill Demolished: Elevation view from the south     
28 August 2013
Bridge SAC138 Ais Gill Demolished: Elevation view from the south     
28 August 2013
Bridge SAC138 Ais Gill Demolished: Elevation view from the south east     
01 August 2013
Bridge SAC138 Ais Gill Demolished: Elevation view from the west     
22 July 2013
Bridge SAC138 Ais Gill Demolished: Elevation view from the north     
22 July 2013
Bridge SAC138 Ais Gill Demolished: Elevation view from the west     
22 July 2013
Bridge SAC138 Ais Gill Demolished: Elevation view from the west     
22 July 2013
Bridge SAC138 Ais Gill Demolished: Elevation view from the west     
22 July 2013
Bridge SAC138 Ais Gill Demolished: Elevation view from the west     

3: Detail views

05 March 2014
260850 Bridge SAC/138 Hangman's Bridge (removed):Detail view from the east     
05 March 2014
260850 Bridge SAC/138 Hangman's Bridge (removed):Detail view from the east     
05 March 2014
260850 Bridge SAC/138 Hangman's Bridge (removed):Detail view from the east     
05 March 2014
260850 Bridge SAC/138 Hangman's Bridge (removed):Detail view from the east     
05 March 2014
260850 Bridge SAC/138 Hangman's Bridge (removed):Detail view from the east     
24 October 2013
260850 Bridge SAC/138 Hangman's Bridge (removed):Detail view from the s-east     
24 October 2013
260850 Bridge SAC/138 Hangman's Bridge (removed):Detail view from the s-east     
24 October 2013
260850 Bridge SAC/138 Hangman's Bridge (removed):Elevation view from the east     
22 July 2013
Bridge SAC138 Ais Gill Demolished: Detail view from the south     

Primary / Secondary References

Plate 105 shows Ais Gill Viaduct (SCRCA Structure ref 260660) in the foreground but in the background on the left above the white freight wagon can be seen the former Hangman's Bridge.


Notes / additional information

A structure listing obtained from Network Rail personnel some years ago assigns the name 'Hangman's Bridge' to Bridge 141 (SCRCA Structure ID 261090) so the name was applied to Bridge 141 when the Draft Structure List was initially drawn-up. However, during a structure survey in summer 2013, a local landowner advised the surveyor that local people apply the term 'Hangman's Bridge' to Bridge 138 (SCRCA Structure ID 260850), not Bridge 141. A number of well-respected authors also refer to Bridge 138 as 'Hangman's Bridge' in their publications relating to the Settle-Carlisle Railway.

The Network Rail listing is known to contain a number of factual errors and the SCRCA Project Team feel that local knowledge is more likely to be accurate in this case than the Network Rail listing. A key factor considered when reaching this decision is that it would have been difficult to attach a rope to any part of Bridge 141 (which was and is a single brick-arched structure), but relatively easy to attach a rope to Bridge 138 (which was a timber-built structure). The name 'Hangman's Bridge' has therefore been transferred to Bridge 138.

The SCRCA Project Team has not yet been able to obtain any documentary or folk-memory evidence to suggest who, if anyone, hung themselves (or was hung) from a bridge in this area, or why.

If anyone reading this note can shed any light on this topic, please contact the SCRCA Project Team via the 'Contact Us' facility.


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