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The Devil's Bridge
Dibbles Bridge, West Riding of Yorkshire


People have given the Devil credit for the construction of many bridges, and Yorkshire contains several examples attributed to his Satanic Majesty, eg. Filey and Kilgrim Bridges and that at Hell Gill Beck. The following picturesque legend is told of Dibbles Bridge. One Ralph, having forded the swollen Dibb, was drying his clothes behind a boulder, when he was horrified to heat a demoniac voice from the other side of the stone reciting the local roll-call of the "Devil's Own." At his own name Ralph coughed. "It's a chill," said the Devil kindly, "I must build you a bridge." But alas for romance - scholars tell us that Dibble is derived from the Old English, Deop-wella: "deep pool."

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