Until relatively recently (1960's) the bridge carried the main A1068 road through the village. There is a definite ‘hump’ in the middle of the bridge and at first the right of way belonged to the first vehicle to the top of the bridge! There is a legend about a local man who was driving over the bridge and had driven more than half way over the top when he came face to face with a ‘United Bus’. The bus driver rudely ordered him to reverse his car so that he could continue his journey. The local man refused, got out of his car, locked it and began to walk away saying ‘I’m in no hurry – what about you?’ The bus driver soon gave way and reversed!!
This system was replaced by traffic lights (unless they broke down when the original system came back into use) until the ever- increasing traffic became too much for the bridge to handle and the old bridge became for pedestrians only.
A new bridge was built to the east of the original one in 1965 to carry the A1068 towards Alnwick in the north and through the village towards Amble to the south.