“The River Esk, Glaisdale, under Snow”
This winter scene shows that in Sutcliffe’s time the only road access across the river Esk at this point was Beggar’s Bridge.
The payment for the building of this bridge is well documented in numerous books one of which is ‘Queen of the Dales’ by George Harland. It tells of a local boy who made his fortune and built the bridge as a sign of his love for a squire’s daughter.
An iron road bridge was later constructed across the river demolishing the sheep fold to the left of the cloaked figure. Before the introduction of chemical dips, sheep were brought down from the dales and washed in the River Esk.
In the background can be seen the Eskdale railway line which went from Whitby up through Kildale and Commondale then onto Battersby Junction.