Fraggle Report~ Bridges over the River Tyne~ February 2017~part 1

Sophie and I have started going out again for photo shoots now that winter is (supposedly) behind us, and in February Sophie wanted to ‘do’ the bridges over the Tyne. The weather was cool but with blue skies so off we went.

History Bit

The Tyne Bridge is a through arch bridge over the River Tyne in North East England, linking Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead. It was designed by Mott, Hay and Anderson, comparably to their Sydney Harbour Bridge version.These bridges derived their design from the Hell Gate Bridge in New York City. The bridge was completed on 25 February 1928, and officially opened on 10 October by King George V and Queen Mary, who were the first to use the roadway, travelling in their Ascot landau. The opening ceremony was attended by 20,000 schoolchildren who had been given the day off. Movietone news recorded the speech given by the King.
The Tyne Bridge’s towers were built of Cornish granite and were designed by local architect Robert Burns Dick as warehouses with five storeys. But the inner floors of the warehouses in the bridge’s towers were not completed and, as a result, the storage areas were never used. Lifts for passengers and goods were built in the towers to provide access to the Quayside; they are no longer in use.

This was the first bridge we walked over, taking pictures of the views across the rooftops and of the other bridges.

As you walk up to the bridge, the Cale Cross building looms above you. An environmentally friendly (hmm) office building housing loss adjusters, insurance consultants and accountant types, great views from the top I should think.

On to the bridge and you can see the Sage concert hall through it to the left.

Looking over the rooftops


Roof garden πŸ™‚

Looking back towards Dean Street

Nice stone work

View of the Swing Bridge, The High Level Bridge and the blue Queen Elizabeth 2 metro bridge behind it.


The top end of the Cathedral can be seen poking above the roof tops, you can see pictures and read about the cathedral HERE

The Moot Hall is a Georgian building dating from 1812, with the courtrooms restored to Victorian design from 1875. Described on completion as the most perfect specimen of Doric architecture in the North of England, the Moot Hall has a columned portico to the front, whilst the design of the rear is based on the Parthenon in the Athens. You can see Newcastle Castle behind it and see & read about it HERE

and finally looking back from the end of the bridge to Newcastle.

Next we move on to the High Level Bridge, but that’s Part 2 for another day πŸ™‚

Stay tooned!

30 thoughts on “Fraggle Report~ Bridges over the River Tyne~ February 2017~part 1

  1. This is a great selection of pictures fragg. I am having such a good time looking at your architectural photography that is so different from what one would point a camera at in the part of the world I live in. Gosh, 100 years is old here.

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  2. Seems like a place to walk and touch, so many textures and materials on it; also the kid on me would love to climb the bridge (hehe I guess policemen would love to restrain me to do it xD)

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      1. My dad sadly died from cancer 8 years ago and since his will was never found, I had a legal battle with my sister over his estate which I lost.

        I lost track of so many of his possessions including his vast collections of photos, drawings, sketches, watercolours and oil paintings.

        I still remember to this day his sitting by the stream in the Scottish borders town of Jedburgh and sitting there with his chair and canvas and painting pictures of the ruined Abbey there and other historic landmarks of the town.

        And he was soon surrounded by a vast array of townspeople looking at what he was doing.

        One would think they had never seen an artist before.

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