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Swarkestone bridge and the Quite Woman pub in Earl Sterndale

  


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Swarkestone bridge and the Quite Woman pub in Earl Sterndale

Swarkestone Bridge

Built in the 13th century and about a mile long, Swarkestone bridge has 17 arches only a few of which actually cross the River Trent, the rest passing over the low lying flood meadows of the river. The story goes that it was built by 2 sisters who saw their lovers drown whilst trying to cross the flooded meadows. At the northern end of the bridge are the remains of a chapel. It was from this bridge that Bonnie Prince Charlie's rebel army turned back from their march on London.

Swarkestone Bridge

The Quiet Woman in Earl Sterndale

Earl Sterndale is situated in the northern end of the Dove valley and the pub in the village main street has a sign which shows a headless woman with a caption 'Soft words turneth away wrath'. It is said to illustrate the sad fate of a publican's wife who talked too much. The parish Church in the village, opposite the pub, was the only Derbyshire church to suffer a direct hit from a Second World War bomb. It was restored 10 years later.

The Quiet Woman in Earl Sterndale

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