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River Monnow Bridge, Kentchurch
In 'The Folk-Lore of Herefordshire' (1912), Ella Mary Leather gave the following account of a bridge associated with the Devil. This bridge crosses the River Monnow which separates Gwent from Herefordshire.
'Jack o' Kent (also known as Siôn Cent, Sion Gwent, Jacky Kent, Jack of Kent, Sion Y Kent, Rev John Kent or John of Kent) and the devil built the bridge over the Monnow between Kentchurch and Grosmont in a single night. What they built by night fell down by day as long as the bridge remained incomplete, hence the need for haste. The first passenger to pass over the bridge was to belong to the devil, so Jack threw a bone across, and a poor dog ran after it. That dog was all the devil had for his pains.'