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River Tyne Bridges: The bridges over the Tyne seem to define what Newcastle was, and is, about. A great engineering heritage and a forward looking modern city and great sights when 'walking the quays', along which you can walk for a few miles, mainly on the Newcastle side of the River Tyne.

There are seven bridges across a mile long stretch of the River Tyne below central Newcastle on the north bank and below the town of Gateshead on the south bank. From east to west in order they are 1. Millennium Bridge (pedestrian), 2. Tyne Bridge (road and pedestrian), 3. Swing Bridge (road and pedestrian), 4. High Level Bridge (road, pedestrian and rail), 5. Queen Elizabeth II Bridge (rail - metro line), 6. King Edward Bridge (rail), 7. Redheugh Bridge (road and pedestrian)


1. The MILLENIUM BRIDGE

The Millennium Bridge

River Tyne Bridges: The Millennium Bridge on a fine day for quayside walking (unlike below!).

 

The huge moveable arch of Millennium Bridge

 

River Tyne Bridges: The Millennium Bridge from the Sage with the Baltic on the right. This tilting pedestrian bridge was lifted into place in November 2000. Hydraulic rams can swing the millennium bridge around to allow ships to pass under it.

 

The Newcastle Bridges from the Baltic Arts Centre

River Tyne Bridges: The Newcastle-Gateshead Bridges from the Baltic Arts Centre, Gateshead, and the dome of the Sage Theatre and Concert Halls on the left.


2. The TYNE BRIDGE

The Tyne Bridge with the MILLENNIUM Bridge, the Baltic and Sage beyond.

 

Profile shot of the Tyne Bridge, Swing Bridge, High Level Bridge and Queen Elizabeth II Bridge.

 

The Newcastle Bridges towards the Baltic Arts Centre

River Tyne Bridges: The Newcastle Tyne Bridge and Millennium Bridges looking towards the Baltic Arts Centre

 

River Tyne Bridges: The massive arched girders of the Tyne Bridge.

 

 

River Tyne Bridges: The Tyne Bridge with the Sage beyond (view from the Castle). This is the 'New' Tyne Bridge built in as architects.1925-1928 to a design by Messrs Mott, Hay & Anderson with Cackett, Dick & Mackellar as architects. The Tyne Bridge has massive concrete pylons with one large arch of steel anchored far below the bankside road into the base of the pylons.

 

River Tyne Bridges: The Millennium Bridge, The Sage and the Tyne Bridge (view from the Castle).

 

Phoenix House, Sandhill, beneath the Tyne Bridge. Phoenix House in Sandhill, on the banks of the River Tyne, is fine looking curved building on the corner of Queen Street and Sandhill. Phoenix has was designed by William Parnell in 1869 for offices for the Royal Insurance Company. It now houses the Rani Indian Restaurant on the ground floor, with apartments above. The Corinthian columns around the curve (marked 'Sandhill') span two floors and this double column arrangement is known as a 'Giant Order'.

 

Other fine buildings below the Tyne Bridge

 

The old Customs House on Quayside of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne, built in 1766, was remodelled ~1840 by Sydney Smirke. It is a fine looking ashlar-faced two-and-a-half story building with a typical heavy doorpiece of the 1830s with Tuscan pilasters and big architrave.

 

All Saints Church viewed from looking up from the quayside near the Custom House.

 

Looking east down the River Tyne towards the Swing Bridge, the Tyne Bridge and MILLENNIUM Bridge, viewed from a train passing over the High Level Bridge.

 

A banner on the Tyne Bridge proclaims that Newcastle-Upon-Tyne is a host city for the RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015

 


3. The SWING BRIDGE

River Tyne Bridges: The Swing Bridge (view from the Castle). The Swing Bridge of 1876 replaced the old bridge of Newcastle. A wooden bridge on stone piers was built by the Romans and was replaced by an all stone bridge in the 13th century, using the pre-existing Roman piers. This bridge was damaged in 1339, repaired, but only to be damaged in 1771. A new bridge was then built in 1772-1779 by Robert Mylne. This bridge in turn was replaced by the swing bridge to allow larger vessels to pass upstream. Apparently two ribbed arches of an earlier bridge still exist beneath the swing bridge.

 

River Tyne Bridges: The Tyne Bridge and the Swing Bridge viewed from the Castle Keep high above the River Tyne.

 

The Swing Bridge, with the Tyne Bridge beyond.

 


4. The HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE

River Tyne Bridges: The High Level Bridge, this railway bridge has a road 'slung' underneath it (view from the Castle). The High Level Bridge is just to the west of the Swing Bridge and was built in 1845-1849 to a design by Robert Stephenson and Dobson. Stephenson/Dobson's high level bridge is made of iron on massive stone supporting pillars high above the River Tyne, with the roadway suspended from the railway supports above it - a neat double solution to the growing transport situation as Newcastle became more and more industrialised.

 

Below the High Level Bridge is Wetherspoon's Newcastle pub "THE QUAYSIDE" is a pleasant location to have a drink and admire the bridges over the Tyne. The Quayside's address is 35 The Close, though dwarfed by the High Level Bridge, it has the distinction of being the only medieval house and warehouse complex with a private quay to survive in Newcastle. It was separated from the River Tyne in 1985 and the present buildings date from the 16th century and restored in 1982-1984.

 

Most of the span of the High Level Bridge combing road and rail communications between the south and north banks of the River Tyne.

 

The central spans of the High Level Bridge with the Swing Bridge and Tyne Bridge beyond.

The High Level Bridge, Newcastle

 

The High Level Bridge, Newcastle

 

On looking through and under the northern end of Newcastle's High Level Bridge, you see the magnificent brick building of 'E. & F. TURNBULL LTD.' built in the late 1890s (1888-1898 ?). The building was originally occupied by the printers R. Robinson & Co. before becoming Turnbull's warehouse in 1963 (Newcastle based ironmongers). In 2002 it was redeveloped by Northern Land and the architect Bill Hopper into luxury loft style apartments.

 

Looking east down the River Tyne for a view of the Tyne Bridges from a train passing over the High Level Bridge (a road and rail bridge).

Near the High Level Bridge, almost below it, are several features with a real medieval feel to them - a timber framed building that was once a pub, and on its right a narrow winding set of steps.

 

River Tyne Bridges: Viewed from the Tyne Bridge, the fine buildings near the quayside and the High Level Bridge beyond.

 

River Tyne Bridges: The Swing Bridge and the High Level Bridge viewed from the Tyne Bridge.

 


5. The QUEEN ELIZABETH II BRIDGE

River Tyne Bridges: Looking west up the River Tyne to the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge (the 'Metro Bridge') from the railway carriage of a train crossing the High Level Bridge into Newcastle Central station. The Queen Elizabeth II bridge was completed in 1981 as part of the Tyne and Weir Metro system.

 

The main supporting columns of the Queen Elizabeth II Metro line bridge.

 

A Tyne & Weir Metro train passing over the Queen Elizabeth II bridge.

 

The central span and pillars of the Queen Elizabeth II railway bridge over the Tyne.

 


6. The KING EDWARD BRIDGE

The King Edward VII Bridge carrying the East Coast main line across the River Tyne was completed in 1906 by the North eastern Railway Company.

 

 

The massive support piers of the King Edward Railway Bridge.

 


7. The REDHEUGH BRIDGE

The Redheugh Bridge carries the A189 main road connecting Gateshead (to the right) and central Newcastle (to the left).

The concrete Redheugh Bridge is the 3rd bridge built on this site and completed in 1983.

 

The much slender piers of pre-stressed concrete of the Redheugh road bridge over the River Tyne.

Compare their width (slenderness!) compared to the columns of some of the other Tyne Bridges e.g. the King Edward railway bridge.


The MILLENNIUM Bridge and Quays at night

 

Impressive sight at night!


The Premier Inn, Newcastle Quayside, is a very convenient place to stay to access central Newcastle and great if you like bridges! There a great views of the Tyne Bridge and the Sage.

 


 NEWCASTLE-GATESHEAD area picture index: webpage & (section) 1. Newcastle-upon-Tyne-Gateshead area (1) River Tyne and Bridges * 2. Newcastle-Gateshead area (2) Sage Theatre & Concert Hall & Baltic Arts Centre Gateshead * 14a. Newcastle area (3) Some buildings in the centre of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne * 15. Newcastle area(4) Some 'artwork' and the Laing Art Gallery * 23. Newcastle area (5) The Angel of the North * 37. Newcastle area (6) The Black gate and Castle Keep * 38. Newcastle area (7) The Cathedral * 39. Newcastle (8) Hancock Museum of the North * 40. Newcastle (9) Bessie Surtees House * 41. Newcastle-Gateshead (10) More Churches, Medieval Walls, Gateshead Tourist Information Centre  * 52. Newcastle (11) The Discovery Museum - History of Tyneside * 53. Newcastle (12) St Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral and All Saints Church * 14b Newcastle (13) The Central Arcade and Holy Jesus Hospital SEE ALSO NE page 31a Jarrow (1) Bede's World * 31b Jarrow (2) St Peter's Church, Monastery * 35a. Tynemouth (1) Town and Castle * 35b. Tynemouth (2) The Priory * 36. Belsay Hall and Belsay Castle


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