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Structure Name: Victoria Bridge

Three segmental arch spans, each comprising eight wrought-iron ribs with ornate cast-iron spandrels, the central span being 110 feet. It has sandstone and granite abutments and possibly similar piers; good cast-iron balustrades. The ornate spandrels include cast-iron plaques with Queen Victoria and symbols of national power. A wartime bomb apparently passed right through the road deck but did not explode.'
[Stafford Linsley's annotation]

Extant: Yes

Location: Stockton-on-Tees, STOCKTON-ON-TEES

Eastings: 444930m (view map)

Northings: 518340m (view map)

Position Accuracy: 50m

Positional Confidence: Absolute Certainty

Structure Types Identified: ARCH BRIDGE, ROAD BRIDGE

Historical Background
'The modern bridge over the River Tees opened on 20 June 1887; it replaced a stone bridge of five arches of 1771, which itself replaced a ferry. It had been designed by Joseph Robson of Sunderland. An interesting even occurred on this bridge in February 1837:

'As John Harris esq. the engineer to the Stockton & Darlington Railway was passing over the bridge which crosses the river Tees at Stockton, a furious beast driving to a slaughterhouse, came suddenly onto the bridge, and made an attack on him. There seemed for the moment no way of escape for the unfortunate gentleman, but happily he had the presence of mind to throw himself over the parapet of the bridge, sustaining himself in this painful position by his hands, until the beast, defeated in his attacks, passed on.''
[Stafford Linsley's annotation]


  • Additional information about the structure type ARCH BRIDGE is available.
  • Additional information about the structure type ROAD BRIDGE is available.


  • Tees Archaeology SMR

The information displayed in this page has been derived from authoritative sources, including any referenced above. Although substantial efforts were made to verify this information, the SINE project cannot guarantee its correctness or completeness.


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Last Modified 26 March 2004
2002 SINE Project, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
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