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It was the second iron bridge built after the famous span at Ironbridge, but was over twice as long with a nominal span of 240 feet, and only three-quarters the weight. Indeed, at the time of building, it was the biggest single span bridge in the world (72 m), matching the collapsed Trezzo Bridge. It opened to traffic on 9 August 1796, having cost a total of about 28,000

The Wearmouth Bridge from the south.To accommodate the growing volume of traffic, construction began on the current bridge in 1927. It was designed by Mott, Hay and Anderson and fabricated by the famous bridge building firm of Sir William Arrol & Co. at their Dalmarnock Ironworks in Glasgow (they also built the famous Forth Rail Bridge and the steel structure of Tower Bridge in London). The new bridge was built around the old one to allow the road to remain open. It was opened on 31 October 1929 by the Duke of York (who would later become King George VI).

This shot was taken from the fish dock on Easter Sunday at about 22.00. My timing was more good luck than good fortune to catch the slack water giving the mirror finish to the water.

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Additional Photos by Chris Dyson (CPD66) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 248 W: 52 N: 102] (960)
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