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Hewick Bridge carries the Boroughbridge road across the River Ure about a mile east of Ripon, near the racecourse, and survives much as Turner sketched it here. The tower in the fields beyond, however, is somewhat mysterious; nor is it altogether obvious whether Turner is looking north or south. There is nothing marked on the first (1856) Ordnance Survey in either direction that would offer any clue. Turner’s inscription ‘Ale’ is also puzzling unless it describes the colour of the river water.