The little stone building located directly on the bridge was originally a Watchman’s Hut. It was used by villagers who guarded the bridge against merchants carrying too heavy a load. If caught, the merchants had to pay a fine of almost seven shillings. In later years, a homeless woman called Mary Brady took up residence. She spent many nights taking shelter in the tiny hut which bears her name.
Note: The height of the door may have been reduced by road repairs over the centuries.