The Devil’s Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale
Devil’s Bridge over the river Lune, is associated with a legend that can be found throughout Britain, with minor variations from region to region. A woman who was separated from her cow by the river made a pact with the Devil. He would build a bridge across the river, in return for the soul of the first living thing to cross the bridge. The woman tricked her dog to run across the bridge and the Devil had to be satisfied with an animal soul.
This legend may be related in some way to the folk memory of a foundation sacrifice, as the black dog of the churchyard is. Perhaps a dog was sacrificed when bridges were built in the remote past to guard against the spirits of the river, or to protect the bridge, which is neither on land or water from evil spirits.