Visit the picturesque Lake District town of Ambleside in North West England, and you’ll probably notice a quaint and unusual property built atop a bridge that straddles the river.
The aptly named Bridge House dates back more than 300 years, and is thought to have served as an apple store or summer house for the nearby Ambleside Hall.
The historic property now belongs to the National Trust.
A nice example of adaptive reuse, it’s since been repurposed as the conservation organisation’s local visitor centre and, as such, is open to the public.
The-Cobblers-Shop-on-the-Bridge (Image: Lewis Pinhorn Wood, public domain)
Bridge House was also the subject of a watercolour by British landscape artist Lewis Pinhorn Wood, titled The Cobbler’s Shop on the Bridge, painted during the late 19th century.
But it wasn’t just Wood who painted the unusual building.
Visit Cumbria points out that Bridge House may be the most photographed building in the Lake District, and was a popular subject with the likes of Turner also.