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The Swing Bridge, River Tyne

The Swing Bridge is a Grade II* listed structure connecting Newcastle and Gateshead across the Tyne.
It stands on the site of the Old Tyne Bridges of 1270 and 1781. The previous bridge on the site was demolished in 1868 to enable larger ships to move upstream to William Armstrong's works. It was designed by Armstrong who paid the £240,000 that it cost. Work began in 1873 and it was first used for road traffic on 15 June 1876. River traffic first passed through it on 17 July 1876.
It has always been opened using hydraulic power, now derived from electrically driven pumps. The original hydraulic mechanism is still used.
It has an 86 m cantilevered span and can rotate through 360°. In its busiest year, 1924, it operated 6,000 times; currently it is turned only occasionally to allow shipping through and also on the first Wednesday of each month as a maintenance check.
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Created: Wed, 5 Feb 2020, Updated: Sat, 4 Jun 2022


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NZ2563 : The Tyne Bridge and The Swing Bridge seen from Newcastle Castle by habiloid
NZ2563 : Tyne Bridges by habiloid
NZ2563 : The Tyne Bridge and The Swing Bridge seen from the High Level Bridge by habiloid
NZ2563 : Swing Bridge and Tyne Bridge by DS Pugh
NZ2563 : Tyne Bridges by habiloid
NZ2563 : Swing Bridge and High Level Bridge by DS Pugh
NZ2563 : Guildhall and Swing Bridge by DS Pugh
NZ2563 : The Tyne Bridge and The Swing Bridge seen from the High Level Bridge by habiloid
NZ2563 : Tyne Bridge and Swing Bridge by DS Pugh
NZ2563 : The Swing Bridge and the High Level Bridge by habiloid
NZ2563 : The Tyne Swing Bridge from the south by Stephen Craven
NZ2563 : The Swing bridge, Newcastle by habiloid
NZ2563 : The Tyne Bridge and the Swing Bridge seen from the High Level Bridge, Newcastle by habiloid
NZ2563 : Tyne Bridges by habiloid
NZ2563 : The Tyne, The Swing Bridge and The High Level Bridge seen from Newcastle Castle by habiloid
NZ2563 : Swing Bridge from Tyne Bridge by DS Pugh
NZ2563 : The Swing Bridge and The Tyne Bridge, Newcastle by habiloid
NZ2563 : Tyne and Swing bridges by DS Pugh


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