1368. Salford-Manchester-Eccles
The earliest record relating to "the Old Bridge " or, as it seems originally to have been called, “the Salford Bridge,” is the will of Thomas del Bothe, who is described as an opulent yeoman, resident at Barton, in the parish of Eccles, and of whom it is stated that he built a chapel on Salford Bridge, where prayers were wont to be made, as usual in those times, for the repose of the soul of the founder. His will directs the gift to the bridge of Salford of £30, payable in the three years next following his death in equal portions.(7)