Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bridging the Decades

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bridging the Decades

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Byline: Dave Morton Remember When Editor

MUCH has changed on both sides of the Tyne since our main picture was taken in the early years of the last century.

But what has remained unchanged, and is the focal point of both photographs, is the magnifi-cent High Level Bridge.

Built to a Robert Stephenson design between 1847 and 1849, the bridge was opened to rail traffic, without ceremony, on August 15, 1849.

It was officially opened on September 27, 1849 by Queen Victoria - and entered ordinary use on February 4, 1850.

It was built - and opened - more or less in tandem with Newcastle Central Station, for the first time enabling passengers and goods to travel between London and Edinburgh as the new rail network spread across Britain like wildfire.

The High Level Bridge, of course, is a road and rail bridge and, even today, it's well worth a stroll across this grand, old marvel of Victorian engineering.

(Incidentally, Newcastle's Bridge Hotel and Gateshead's Central Bar, both offer fine liquid refreshments on either sides of the bridge). …

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