The Bridge House in Ambleside has stood over Stock Beck for 400 years.
The growth of old Ambleside is associated with a succession of families dating back to the early 14th century. The Braithwaites were an incredibly influential family and originally built Bridge House to access their lands on the other side of Stock Beck* and also to store apples from their orchards, which surrounded Bridge House. – National Trust
A 17th-century survivor
It’s pretty spectacular that Bridge House has survived throughout the centuries as Ambleside has changed and developed around it.
Its survival could be down to its many practical uses over the decades which include being used as a counting house for the mills of Rattle Ghyll**, a tea-room, a weaving shop, a cobbler’s, a chair maker’s and, at one time, a home to a family of eight! – National trust
*a stream running through a Ghyll is often called a Beck.
**a Ghyll or Gill is a ravine or narrow valley in the North of England.
It’s usually impossible to get a photograph of The Bridge House without it covered in people as it’s a very popular backdrop for selfies. The trick is to get there early and on a day when the temperatures are in the minus quantities as they were last week.