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Old September 4th, 2014, 01:57 PM   #481
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Scotswood Road Bridge and Scotswood Suspension Bridge

Some photographs of the bridges courtesy of the Newcastle City Libraries Archive Collection on Flickr:

015280:Scotswood Bridges Newcastle upon Tyne 1966
Type : Photograph Medium : Print-black-and-white Description : A 1966 view of the first and second Scotswood Bridges taken from Heath Crescent Newcastle upn Tyne. To the right is the second Scotswood Bridge which is under construction. To the left is the first Scotswood Bridge which is still being used by traffic. The second Scotswood Bridge was not completed until 1967



026090: Scotswood Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1901
Type : Lantern Slide Description : A view of Scotswood Bridge taken in 1901. The view is of the suspension or 'chain' bridge which opened in 1831. The photograph has been taken from further down the river looking up to Scotswood Bridge. In the foreground there are two boats on the river bank and two in the river.



062237:Scotswood Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown c.1890
Type : Photograph Medium : Print-black-and-white Description : A view of the Scotswood Bridge taken c.1890. The bridge opened in 1831 and was a suspension or 'chain' bridge. There is open land in the foreground and across the river in Gateshead. The toll house is to the left of Scotswood Bridge



050923:Scotswood Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown 1907
Type : Photograph Medium : Print-black-and-white Description : A 1907 view of Scotswood Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne. The bridge opened in 1831 and was a suspension or 'chain' bridge. The photograph has been taken on Scotswood Bridge looking towards the Gateshead side of the river. There are several men standing near the exit from the bridge one of them is holding the reins of a horse-drawn cart



058095:Scotswood Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown c.1966

Type : Photograph Medium : Print-black-and-white Description : A view of the second Scotswood Bridge taken c. 1966. The bridge opened in 1967. In the photograph to the right can be seen Scotswood Bridge under construction. To the left of the second bridge can be seen the first Scotswood Bridge



003377:Scotswood Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown 1931

Type : Lantern Slide Description : A 1931 view of Scotswood Road Bridge. The bridge opened in 1831 and was a suspension or 'chain' bridge. The photograph has been taken from the Newcastle side of the river looking across to Scotswood Bridge. In the background there are houses on the river bank.



051145:Scotswood Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown 1910
Type : Lantern Slide Description : A view of Scotswood Suspension Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne taken in 1910. The view is looking across the river to Blaydon. There is a large meadow in the foreground. Rowing boats can be seen on the river bank at Blaydon



065281:Scotswood Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne Allam T.
Type : Print Medium : Engraving-handcoloured Description : An 1832 engraving of Scotswood Bridge. The bridge was completed in 1831 and was a suspension or 'chain' bridge. Scotswood Bridge is shown in a rural setting with fields and trees in the foreground and in the background



38674a:Scotswood Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne Unknown 1967

Type : Photograph Medium : Print-black-and-white Description : A 1967 view of the demolition of the first Scotswood Bridge. The bridge had been built in 1967. The photograph shows one of the stone suspension towers with the metal chains being taken apart

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Where some of the masonry from the Scotswood Bridge in post above ended up

Where some 2,500 tons of the masonry from the the pillars of the bridge in post immediately above ended up:-

See this post http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=434

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Old September 4th, 2014, 02:49 PM   #483
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Scotswood Bridge

Just been looking through the previous posts on the Scotswood Bridge and came across this fine one from johnnypd from back in 2009:

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Not only a good reminder of the old suspension bridge (Chain Bridge) but also the inclusion of one of the ash hoppers heading upstream for another load from the Power Station at Lemmington. They were designed so that their height permitted them to so under the Swing Bridge without the need for it to open.

I have memories of the old bridge - we used to go across to see an Aunt in Blaydon and would get off on the north side and walk across. I found it a terrifying experience as many of the wooden slats in the walkway were damaged and you could see the river beneath.
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Old September 16th, 2014, 12:49 PM   #484
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Blaydon Road Bridge

Designed by Bullen and Partners with building work by Edmund Nuttall, Blaydon Road Bridge was built between 1987 and 1990, now carrying the A1. It was opened to traffic on 3rd December 1990, the Queen having officially unveiled a plaque on the bridge, 1st December 1990.

The cost of buildings the bridge was £17 millions

Dimensions are:
Total length 332 m
Width 14.6 m
Longest span 108 m

(Source: Crossing the Tyne by Manders and Potts)

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From the south side of the Tyne











From the north side of the Tyne






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Scotswood Road Bridge

I was wandering through Jack Phillips Clippings Collection and happened upon this article from the Newcastle Evening Chronicle of July 16 1963:


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Why oh why did they demolish that wonderful suspension bridge?
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Why oh why did they demolish that wonderful suspension bridge?
Two lanes, built for horses and carriages rather than motor vehicles, falling to bits, expensive to maintain etc etc.
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Two lanes, built for horses and carriages rather than motor vehicles, falling to bits, expensive to maintain etc etc.
I can understand its need to be replaced, and its expenditure to maintain, but even so, what a loss.

Reminds me of the old Iron Bridge across the Wear at Sunderland. Yes it needed replacing, with the adjacent Wearmouth Bridge, but it should have been preserved as it was a masterful example of early bridge building. Not exactly sure of its dimensions, but i think i heard it was a contemporary of the Iron Bridge at Coalbrookdale, only three times the length and far more impressive. What it would mean for Sunderland to have that still.
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I can understand its need to be replaced, and its expenditure to maintain, but even so, what a loss.

Reminds me of the old Iron Bridge across the Wear at Sunderland. Yes it needed replacing, with the adjacent Wearmouth Bridge, but it should have been preserved as it was a masterful example of early bridge building. Not exactly sure of its dimensions, but i think i heard it was a contemporary of the Iron Bridge at Coalbrookdale, only three times the length and far more impressive. What it would mean for Sunderland to have that still.
Yes it would have been good to keep Scotswood Suspension Bridge from a heritage perspective and indeed there was a vigorous campaign at the time to have that done. However it was the cost of maintenance that decided its fate, constant problems with its chains and anchors corroding.
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Bridges over the River Tyne, 1952

This photograph has recently been uploaded by Tyne & Wear Museums to their Flickr Photostream.

Bridges over the River Tyne, 1952
Aerial view of the bridges of the River Tyne, August 1952 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/8597A).


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Bridges over the River Tyne & central Newcastle and Gateshead areas, June 2014

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This photograph has recently been uploaded by Tyne & Wear Museums to their Flickr Photostream.

Bridges over the River Tyne, 1952
Aerial view of the bridges of the River Tyne, August 1952 (TWAM ref. DT.TUR/2/8597A).



To compare with "Bridges in 1952" picture above - these aerial pictures from the Trinity Square Development, Gateshead, from June 2014, kindly supplied to me by Bowmer and Kirkland Ltd (with permission to use)

Not quite the same angle but comparison can be easily made









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Comparing these fantastic old and new aerial photos it becomes very easy to see how the higher and longer spanning Bridges over the Tyne have effectively pushed the town centre of Gateshead further South up the hill.

The associated infrastructure to these bridges then cut the Town Centre off from its regressional wake, allowing for an invasion from the Newcastle side, of the Baltic, Sage, Hilton and Ochre Yards, which leap across the river.

Time for Gateshead to re assert itself and break through these barriers and the urban core can feel attached once again.
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Calls for the the iconic Tyne Bridge to be given a facelift as it starts to look a bit shabby

Courtesy of the Chronicle Live/Sunday Sun, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...-given-7916678
Calls for the the iconic Tyne Bridge to be given a facelift as it starts to look a bit shabby
Oct 12, 2014 08:00 By Craig Thompson



It is the symbol of the North and recognised across the world . . . but is the Tyne Bridge in need of a facelift?

The North Eastís most recognisable landmark has not been painted in almost 15 years, and is not scheduled for a touch up for at least another two. But, as our photographs show, the iconic structure is looking a little bit the worse for wear, with large sections of paint missing and a covering of bird droppings.

Itís unclear when the bridge will next see a lick of paint, although Newcastle City Council today said a paint job has been pencilled into their 2017/18 budget. However, some visitors crossing the bridge this weekend say improvement works are needed a lot sooner.

Bobbie Greenfield, 60, retired, of Hebburn, said: ďJust a few weeks ago the Great North Run sign was up there and the bridge looked glorious on the TV. But when you get up close, you can see itís not looking quite so healthy Because itís such a symbol of the area, Iíd like to see it as well looked after as it possibly could be.Ē

The bridge cost around £66,000 to repaint in 1976, but 10 times that in 1985, and £1.9m in 2000.

Read more and see image gallery @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...-given-7916678

Here are some of my images from 2000 of the New Tyne Bridge receiving its last makeover:




















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Hexham Bridge

Grade II* Listed Hexham Bridge, crossing the Tyne, some images taken of and from on 10th October 2014.

the Protection Listing courtesy of the British Listed Buildings web site @ http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co...-bridge-acomb-

Description: Hexham Bridge

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 2 October 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 239008

OS Grid Reference: NY9406964679
OS Grid Coordinates: 394069, 564679
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9767, -2.0942

Location: A6079, Acomb, Northumberland NE46 3SG

Locality: Sandhoe
County: Northumberland
Country: England
Postcode: NE46 3SG

Hexham Bridge

NY 9464 10/109 2.10.51.

II*

1793. Fifth bridge built within 30 years of each other; previous ones destroyed by flood. 9 arched stone bridge designed by engineer-architect Robert Mylne. Blind oculi with 4 keystones in spandrels of arches.

Listing NGR: NY9406964679










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