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Cromwell's Hodder bridge at Mitton in Yorkshire, across the river Hodder close to its confluence with the River Ribble at Mitton was built a few years before Cromwell used it when his army were heading for Stonyhurst on the evening prior to his final victory over the king at Preston in 16xx.

Whilst Cromwell himself is said to have passed over the bridge, it is more than likely that the bulk of his army used the ford a few yards upstream (and between Cromwell's bridge and the present road bridge).

Although the bridge appears to be in an advanced state of decay, it is clear that the bridge never had any parapets, and is probably still close to its original state.

On arrival at Stonyhurst, Cromwell demanded accomodation for himself and his army. Lady Sherburne, whose husband was away fighting in the Royalist cause, was reluctantly compelled to give them shelter for the night, but it is recorded that Cromwell had to sleep on a table downstairs, and that Lady Sherburne carried a pair of loaded pistols throughout the stay.

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The photoalbum is arranged in three layers: when you click on the [Slideshow] link below, you start at the first layer, and get the first page of 16 thumbnail pictures (Slides). On these pages there are VCR-like controls which allow you to move on to other pages of thumbnails ([First], [Previous], [Next] and [Last]). In this album there are one pages of thumbnails.

If you click on one of the thumbnail photos, you move to the second layer and get an information page about the photo and a repeat of the thumbnail you clicked on. The purpose of this page is to describe the action - who is there, what is going on, etc. Also on the information page is a small table for identification and indexing information.

Finally, if you click on the thumbnail picture on the information page, you move to the third layer and get an enlarged (roughly screen-sized) copy of the photo. This is what it's all about.

On both the information pages and the large photo pages you can cycle through the pictures using VCR-like controls ([First], [Previous], [Next] and [Last]), and also choose to return to one of the previous layers ([Info] or [Slide]). This makes it easier to skip all the junk and just look at the pictures.

You also have links to return to this [Intro Page] , and to return to the [Home Page].

To the best of my knowledge, all the links are working, and you shouldn't get any errors such as 'Page not found on this server'. If a photo comes up blank, then it doesn't exist. If you do find any links that are completely broken, or lead to strange results, please let me know by email so I can put things right.

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