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Aldin Grange Bridge

15th century Aldin Grange Bridge spans the River Browney near Bearpark, County Durham © Metaforz Photography 2013

Aldin Grange bridge as it stands today has 15th century origins but an earlier bridge that crossed the River Browney at the same spot was, according to some of the more speculative accounts of the battle of Neville’s Cross in 1346, the site of the Scottish king’s capture by John de Coupland. The story that de Coupland lost a few teeth to a blow from the king’s mailed fist during his capture may well have been true and it is well documented that the king had been wounded by arrows during the battle, one of which was embedded in his face.