Utterby is a Lincolnshire village, which is intersected by the A16 road. It is an attractive village with some equestrian properties, one property which looks as though it could be where "The Good Life" is now being lived, and plenty of nice country homes.
However, the thing which I was investigating was this little bridge.
It is almost parallel with the road and is so small you could very easily overlook it.
This particular bridge dates from the 14th Century, but would have replaced a much earlier one.
It is a packhorse bridge. Packhorses were the main method of transporting goods; wheeled carts were very rare - and it certainly would not have been possible for one to pass over this narrow bridge.
You may wonder why I called it a gem, after all, it is only a bridge, albeit an old one. It is one of only three surviving salt bridges left in the country. A rare and special example of something which was important.
It is tiny and would only allow the passage of a single horse at a time. The lack of a parapet is usually explained as allowing the laden horse to pass over unhindered.
As I walked back the lane to visit the church I notice this row of stones..
All this history, a mere couple of hundred yards off the main road - which I have driven so many hundreds, if not thousands of times, and I didn't know about it.
The churchyard has a wildflower area, to encourage wildlife - a delightful surprise.
A few years ago someone found the well and cleared it, but it was dry. When he re-visited about 6 months later it had filled with red/brown water. I couldn't find any sign of it and there were no bandages to guide me, thank goodness.