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Extract-s Brom Parish Magazine-
No 5 .The Otter Bridge
The tunnel under the railway between Spital Railway Station and Bromborough rake Station is known to older Bromborough Folk as " The Otter Bridge ". Have you ever wondered why ?
There used to be otter living in Dibbinsdale. a Mr W.H Hatcher, manager at Price's Candle Works
( now Unichema Chemicals Ltd ) in September 1863 captured a fine male otter just above Price's Works but after a few days captivity the animal escaped. Another otter was seen, two or three years previously, in the Dibbin where the stream flows out of Raby Mere. When he was a boy in Bromborough he knew an old man, a Mr Penlington. Now Mr Penlington had been a signalman on the railway and he used to say that he had shot the last otter in Dibbinsdale !
An old friend of mine told me recently that This incident probably took place in the latter half of the last century and may be the reason for the railway tunnel in Dibbinsdale having acquired the name of "The Otter Bridge".
Nora McMillan ( 11.7.95)
This is what I found on the following website, with loads more info on the area!!
It's a lovely walk down there nowadays, and it's a well looked after area! Just don't go there after heavy rainfall, as it can flood quite heavily!!!http://dibbinsdale.co.uk/park/History%20of%20Dibbinsdale.pdf