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Newburn Bridge


Newburn Bridge is a road bridge over the River Tyne between Newburn in the City of Newcastle upon Tyne and Ryton in the Borough of Gateshead. It was originally a commercial toll bridge and was opened on the 21st of May 1893. The bridge became free to use after it was purchased by Northumberland County Council in 1947. The bridge had two road lanes up until the 1960s, when the road was narrowed to a single lane to limit weight on the structure. Long before the bridge was built there was once a ford over the Tyne around here; in 1640 the Battle of Newburn Ford was fought here, on both sides of the Tyne, as the Scottish army was marching to cross the river to attack Newcastle from the south.

Newburn Bridge is a road bridge crossing the River Tyne at Newburn in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It links Newburn, Walbottle and Throckley on the north side of the river with Ryton, Stella and Blaydon on the south side. The bridge is the western-most crossing of the Tyne in the county of Tyne and Wear; the next crossing upstream, Wylam Bridge, is in Northumberland.

History

This part of the river has been forded since Roman times because it is the most eastern part of the Tyne that is easily fordable. There have also been numerous ferries operated in the part of the river around Newburn. A bridge was finally built between 1892 and 1893. It was designed by Sandeman & Moncrieff of Newcastle and built by Head Wrightson of Thornaby-on-Tees. It was opened on 21 May 1893. For the first 50 or so years of its use, it was a toll bridge, until it was bought by Northumberland County Council in 1947. The toll house on the northeast side of the bridge has since been demolished. The bridge used to have two lanes crossing it up until the 1960s. It has since had single road traffic because of the weight limit of , later raised to .

In 2007 the bridge was closed for a number of months for renovation and repainting.

In 2018 the bridge closed and will remain closed for several months, except for footpath access.

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Newburn Historic Buildings and Monuments in Newcastle River Tyne 1893 Local List Bridges
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50304a:Newburn Bridge Newburn Unknown c.1920

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50304b:Newburn Bridge Newburn Unknown c.1920

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Newburn Bridge

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Newburn Bridge

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Newburn Bridge

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Newburn Bridge

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Newburn Bridge

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Remains of the Ryton Wherries, west of Newburn Bridge

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The Boathouse Pub from Newburn Bridge

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Newburn Sunrise

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Battle of Newburn Ford

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