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Crossag or Monks’ Bridge

by Bernadette Weyde

A narrow 13th century packhorse double-arched bridge paved with quartz cobbles spans the Silverburn immediately north of Rushen Abbey and adjacent to the mill race. Crossag is from ‘crosh veg’ meaning little cross.

Apart from some repairs it is probably very much in the same state as built by the Cistercian monks.

The bridge is on the ancient Royal Way between Castletown and Ramsey – most of which now forms the basis for the Millennium Way.

(source: photo acknowledgement and thanks to Ali & Julian at www.epicycles.com; text A Manx Notebook)

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