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Old April 20th, 2017, 10:25 AM   #801
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Bridges across the Tyne - 1928

Quite a dramatic postcard courtesy of the Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums Flickr Photostream @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/twm_ne...in/dateposted/

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A postcard of the bridges across the River Tyne, showing the Tyne Bridge under construction, 1928 (TWAM ref. DX681/15). The postcard is unused.


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Old April 25th, 2017, 06:47 PM   #802
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A famous River Tyne scene from 100 years ago - how does it look today?

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A famous River Tyne scene from 100 years ago - how does it look today?
David Morton 25 April 2017

The Swing Bridge and High Level Bridge in Newcastle as they were in the early 20th century (Photo: Newcastle Journal)


The Swing Bridge and High Level Bridge in Newcastle as they are today (Photo: Newcastle Journal)

We stop off at a classic Tyneside scene relatively unchanged by the passing decades.

If the River Tyne is significantly less busy today than it was 100 years, the view here remains much the same. Not only are these two bridges brilliant examples of burgeoning Victorian confidence and amazing engineering, they helped Tyneside become a major economic powerhouse.

The High Level Bridge - opened by Queen Victoria in 1849 - allowed trains to run from Newcastle to London and the South of England for the first time.

But what of its smaller companion, the hydraulic-powered Swing Bridge? Up until 1866, there was a low, arched stone bridge on this site. This was, in fact, the old Tyne Bridge, built in 1781, that preceded the current one, and was also probably the site of the original Roman bridge across the Tyne, Pons Aelius.

When the Swing Bridge opened in 1876, the fact it could “swing” open allowed large ships to sail upriver for the first time, enabling them to reach Armstrong’s giant Elswick works and Dunston Staithes as Tyneside’s industries flourished. As we know, however, that boom was not sustained. In 1924, the Swing Bridge opened 6,000 times, but by the 1970s, it “swung” around 700 times a year. The closure of Dunston Staithes in 1980 saw the importance of the bridge decline, and in 2009 there were a mere 13 swings.

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Tram for Dunston crossing the High Level Bridge

This latest upload by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums to their Flickr Photostream @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/twm_ne...in/dateposted/

Interesting to see some early example if graffiti on the High Level Bridge, not a news thing, but restricted to initials in the muck on the structure.

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Postcard showing a tram passing along the High Level Bridge between Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne, early 20th Century (TWAM ref. DF.ATK/16/6). The postcard is unused.


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This latest upload by Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums to their Flickr Photostream @ https://www.flickr.com/photos/twm_ne...in/dateposted/

Interesting to see some early example if graffiti on the High Level Bridge, not a news thing, but restricted to initials in the muck on the structure.

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Tram for Dunston crossing the High Level Bridge


Postcard showing a tram passing along the High Level Bridge between Gateshead and Newcastle upon Tyne, early 20th Century (TWAM ref. DF.ATK/16/6). The postcard is unused.


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Is that graffiti on the pillars to the right of the tramcar?
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Is that graffiti on the pillars to the right of the tramcar?
That's what I think it is - zoomed in shot:


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If you look on left, it said "Wet Paint" I don't think it's graffiti. Just a note for painter, I assumed.
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If you look on left, it said "Wet Paint" I don't think it's graffiti. Just a note for painter, I assumed.
Yes, if you squint and use a bit of imagination, the right hand side column says 'Wet Paint'
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