Designed by Robert Stephenson, construction on the bridge started in 1847. Between 2001 and 2008, the bridge underwent refurbishment to strengthen the structure and restore original features. Here it is in 1967.Designed by Robert Stephenson, construction on the bridge started in 1847. Between 2001 and 2008, the bridge underwent refurbishment to strengthen the structure and restore original features. Here it is in 1967.
Designed by Robert Stephenson, construction on the bridge started in 1847. Between 2001 and 2008, the bridge underwent refurbishment to strengthen the structure and restore original features. Here it is in 1967. | NL

Nine things you might not have known about Newcastle and Gateshead’s iconic bridges

The Quayside is famous for its bridges. But how much do you know about them?

The sight of the Quayside and its bridges is perhaps the most famous view in the North East.

The seven famous bridges which connect Gateshead and Newcastle to create the iconic skyline include the Millennium Bridge, Swing Bridge, Tyne Bridge, High Level Bridge, Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, the King Edward the VII and the Redheugh Bridge. Of course the Scotswood Bridge is just a few miles upstream.

Some of the bridges have a rich history dating back as far as Roman times- built on the order of Emperor Hadrian himself. Many of them have significant places in engineering history due to their pioneering designs.

Out of all of them, the Tyne Bridge is the most well-known. Built in the 20s, it was officially opened in 1929 by King George V. Famously, it shares the same design as the larger Sydney Harbour Bridge which was built by the same firm in Middlesbrough.

The oldest, however, is the High Level Bridge which was erected in 1848 and boasts the best view of the Tyne.

Want to find out more? Below we have nine interesting facts about the history, construction and operation of Newcastle and Gateshead’s bridges.

How many did you already know?

Some of the bridges have a rich history dating back as far as Roman times- built on the order of Emperor Hadrian himself. Many of them have significant places in engineering history due to their pioneering designs.

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