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Structure Name: Bywell Bridge

Description:
 
Road bridge crossing the Tyne between Bywell and Broomley and Stocksfield parishes. The bridge has five moulded arches, separated by curved cutwaters with triangular uppers. The south end of the bridge has two plain flood arches.
 

Extant: Yes

Legal Status: Listed Building Grade II

Location: Bywell, NORTHUMBERLAND

Eastings: 405195m (view map)

Northings: 561965m (view map)

Position Accuracy: 20m

Positional Confidence: Absolute Certainty

Structure Types Identified: ARCH BRIDGE, ROAD BRIDGE

Historical Background
 
'Seemingly the sponsor of the bridge, a local landowner, removed the remaining pier fragments of a supposed Roman bridge near the same spot, much to the annoyance of at least one person, a Mr Pearson, who wrote in his 'Excursions to the North of England' (1838):

"Bywell Bridge - a handsome bridge by Mr. Beaumont, the remains of the old bridge were blown up by Mr. Beaumont. Now I think that a man who blows up any vestige or memorial of that fine people [Romans?] ought to be blown up himself for it: and if he has a wife I hope she did it for him."

Blowing up the old bridge remains had not been without danger, as another writer observed, for while two men were in the act of charging a bored hole to blow up one of the old piers, a spark caught the powder which immediately exploded, "and so dreadfully mangled one of the men that he died in a few minutes; the other was also frightfully injured".

Still, the new bridge was completed, and to a very elegant design.'
[Stafford Linsley's annotation]
 

Chronology:

  • 1836 - 1838   Construction of bridge.
        Entities Involved:
              Basevi, George: Architect.

Notes:

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

References:

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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