Tyne and Wear HER(4132): High Level Bridge - Details
Title of image: Tyne Bridge and High Level Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne
Artist: J.W. Carmichael
Description: An undated photograph of a painting of the old Tyne Bridge and the High Level Bridge, from the Gateshead side of the river. To the right of the Tyne Bridge there are boats sailing down the river. The buildings of Newcastle can be seen in the distance behind the two bridges. In Gateshead to the left of the Tyne Bridge there are houses and shops and a large building is in the process of being built. People are milling around on the bridge and in Gateshead carrying out their daily tasks.
Additional info: Print colour
Location/Collection: Newcastle Libraries/Newcastle Local Studies Bridges Collection
Accession number: NCL 053624
Provider: Newcastle City Library
Copyright: All rights reserved, if you would like a printed copy of this image please contact Newcastle Libraries.
Gateshead and Newcastle
High Level Bridge
The High Level Bridge was built between 1845 and 1849 by Robert Stephenson and Thomas E. Harrison to link the Darlington to Gateshead Railway with the Newcastle and Berwick Railway. It is a combined Railway and Road bridge, 1,400 feet (425.6 metres) long, with a clearance at Low Tide of 120 feet (36.5 metres). Two arcaded stone abutments and five monumental stone piers support six segmental iron arches between the upper railway and lower roadway. The masonry piers are supported on timber piles (marking the first use of Nasmyth's Steam Hammer). There are four spans, each of four cast iron ribs, tied with wrought iron chains. The Rail Deck, above, is supported by cast iron columns rising from the main ribs, the Road Deck is slung below the ribs by wrought iron hangers, in cast iron box sections. The main ribs were made by Hawks Crawshay of Gateshead. The bridge is in continuing use for road and rail traffic and is regarded as one of the finest pieces of architectural iron work in the world. LISTED GRADE 1
<< HER 4132 >> 1st edition Ordnance Survey Map, 1864, 6 inch scale, Northumberland, 97 I.M. Ayris, & S.M. Linsley, 1994, A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Tyne and Wear, p 16 Dept. of National Heritage, of Buildings of Special ... Interest, 5/103; Grace McCombie, 2009, Newcastle and Gateshead, pp 99-101