Photos of Newcastle

Swing Bridge

The Swing Bridge was built by the Tyne Improvement Commission, under powers conferred by the Tyne Improvement Act of 1861, as part of their overall plan for improving navigation and expanding trade by opening the upper reaches of the river to larger vessels.

The bridge was designed and constructed by Sir W.G. Armstrong and Company Limited of Elswick, the work being begun in the year 1873. It was first used for road traffic on the 15th June 1876 and opened for river traffic on the 17th July 1876.


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The engine room taken on a visit during Heritage Open Days in 2008.

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A short video showing the bridge in action








3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic page of facts, pics and a vid clip of my favourite river Tyne bridge! Sadly to say I've never seen it swing in person, at least not yet.

Excellent site all round :) Do you have any plans to do a history or fact list on the other bridges?

ILuvNUFC said...

Thanks. :)
I do have a lot of plans for this site but I also run Look At This... which keeps me busy most of the time.

I have some pictures of the bridge opening but hav'nt got round to uploading them yet. It is a fantastic site seeing it open but it does'nt happen very often. You tend to see it open when the river cruises are busy and they use the bigger boat. If you see the river tyne cruises site it tells you the departure and return times of the upriver journeys so you can use them to guess when it will open.

All the work on all my sites is due to go on hold for a few months soon as I'm about to undergo some surgery on my back. :(

Peter said...

Check out this high resolution shot of The Swing Bridge,
http://www.peterloud.co.uk/photos/Newcastle/Nc_4.html