1. Weir Garth

Photo of Weir Garth Plaque - text below

The Current Plaque reads: There has been a Water Mill at Wetherby since before 1221 where corn and rape were ground. Later is was a Saw Mill until it burnt down in 1944. The Salmon Steps opposite were built in 1871 at a cost of £30. The remains of earlier bridges across the river can be seen below the arches

However, a couple of errors will be corrected once the funds are available to replace it.

It should read:

There have been Water Mills at Wetherby since before 1221 where corn and rape had been ground and wool cloth ‘fulled’. Milling ceased by 1935 and the building was being used to manufacture firelighters when it burnt down in 1944. The three stages of the bridge’s development can be clearly seen with the intact central bridge of 1233 and the two widenings of 1773 and 1825 on either side.

The salmon steps opposite were originally built in 1871 at a cost of £30.

image of the wier

The old medieval Wetherby Bridge had four arches and these were eventually extended to six. Not only was the bridge damaged by severe floods but thousands of Scottish cattle going south and coal carts going north in the late 1700’s added to the destruction. It is hard to believe that until the first by-pass of 1959 was built this bridge was part of the A1 carrying all the traffic on the Great North Road.

Wetherby Weir Garth Blue Plaque site
Plaque affixed to base of the bridge which reads: In 1233, Walter De Gray, Archbishop of York forgave the sins of those who contributed to the building of this bridge. The original bridge was only 3.5 metres wide and humpbacked. Frequently repaired, it was widened after flood damage in 1773. The bridge was further widened and raised in 1826, the present bridge is the result.
This plaque on Wetherby Bridge is close by the Weir Garth Blue Plaque.
Photo of the bridge
Here you can see the arch of the old bridge in the middle of the new one

Click on any of the plaques below to see more detail.

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