Bridges over the River Tyne~ finale

Part 1 HERE. Part 2 HERE. Part 3 HERE & 4 HERE 

Some more pictures of the Market on the quayside by the Bridges

Flower stall

Hearts of gold

coming or going

beads

Loved the mirrors this guy was making

lovely little details

Biker boys

View of 5 of the bridges taken on the millennium bridge

So that’s the lot, new report next time 🙂

stay tooned!

Bridges Over the River Tyne~ Part 4

Part 1 HERE. Part 2 HERE. Part 3 HERE

After crossing back to the Newcastle side of the swing bridge, we walked down to the millennium bridge.  A Sunday Market is held on the quayside every week we were of course distracted by all the wares and people, so took our time and took some photo’s.

I think Gypsy Rose Lee had a very large family 😉

I have no idea where the horse was!

Theres always a busker~this chap had a really nice voice

Some interesting food stalls

Some traditional Geordie bangers

Pease pudding is a thing up here

Lunch queue

No queue, but he looked happy enough

HUGE cheese sandwich

Roast Pork burgers

Wiga Wagaa chilli stall

Next time we’ll look at the arts and crafts and get to the Millennium bridge.

 

 

Bridges Over the River Tyne ~ Part 3

Part 1 HERE.   Part 2 HERE

After we got to the end of the High Level Bridge it was time to go to lunch, and we found a fab little cafe called Long Play Cafe, as well as serving great food and coffee, they have a record deck and loads of music on vinyl which you can play if your sitting next to the deck

After lunch we walked to the Swing Bridge and went across it and back again.

The hydraulic power still used to move the bridge is today derived from electrically driven pumps. These feed a hydraulic accumulator sunk into a 60 foot (18 m) shaft below the bridge; the water is then released under pressure which runs the machinery to turn the bridge. The mechanism used for this is still the same machinery originally installed by Armstrong. It has an 281 feet (85.6 m) cantilevered span with a central axis of rotation able to move through 360° to allow vessels to pass on either side of it.The previous bridge on the site was demolished in 1868 to enable larger ships to move upstream to William Armstrong’s works. The hydraulic Swing Bridge was designed and paid for by Armstrong, with work beginning in 1873. It was first used for road traffic on 15 June 1876 and opened for river traffic on 17 July 1876. At the time of construction it was the largest swing bridge ever built. The construction costs were £240,000.The Swing Bridge stands on the site of the Old Tyne Bridges of 1270 and 1781, and probably of the Roman Pons Aelius. It is a Grade II* listed structure.

On the way over

View from the Swing bridge, of the Tyne Bridge and Millennium Bridge

Looking the other way, the Queen Elizabeth 2nd bridge and King Edward V11 bridge beyond it.

On the way back

View of the Castle at the end of the bridge

After we left the bridge we had a wander around the quayside and saw the old Fish Market building

The Fish Market in Victorian times (post 1880 when it was built) on the Quayside near the Guildhall. As the commercial heart of Newcastle moved away from the Quayside so did the traders and the Fish Market moved, during the twentieth century until 1976 it was on Clayton Street, From 1876 the Fish Market moved to the Green Market, part of the new Eldon Square.

Today it is difficult to know where the fish market is.Neptune looks across the Tyne from the top of the old Fish Market, erected in 1880. Also note the larger than usual sea-horses supporting the city arms above the door. This building had been unused for over a decade, but it now rejoins the commercial activity of the area, this time as a high class ale house for the booze sodden partygoers that make the nightly pilgrimage to this centre of revelry.

The upper storey of this building used to house the Town Court, and the Mayor’s Chamber. It is decorated with heraldic devices and scenes from Newcastle’s history, topped by a hammer beam roof.

Then we went on to walk down to the millennium bridge, but as it was Sunday there was a market on and we got distracted by it 🙂 so that will be the next part of our visit to the bridges.

Stay tooned!

(info re Fish Market from http://www.seenewcastle.com)

Bridges Over the River Tyne~part 2

Part 1 HERE

After crossing to the Gateshead side of the Tyne Bridge we walked down to get on to the High Level Bridge, along the way stopping to take some photo’s of ‘the sights’ 🙂

The Central is a four-storey, wedge-shaped, mid-Victorian building, designed in 1856 by local architect M Thompson. It was built as commercial premises for Alderman Potts, a wine merchant; it became a hotel around 1890 then was refitted in the early 1900s. Various alterations were made to the pub in the 1950s and again in the 1980s, mostly of an unsympathetic and almost crude nature, but since the Hexham-based Head of Steam group took it over in October 2009 it has been slowly and carefully restored, replaced and refitted many of the original features in the Grade II-listed structure. I’ll have to pop in for a glass of something some day!

The Central

 

one of it’s windows

 

The High Level Bridge is a road and railway bridge spanning the River Tyne between Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead in North East England. It is considered the most notable historical engineering work in the city. It was built by the Hawks family from 5050 tons of iron. George Hawks, Mayor of Gateshead, drove in the last key of the structure on 7 June 1849 and the bridge was opened by Queen Victoria later that year.It was designed by Robert Stephenson to form a rail link towards Scotland for the developing English railway network; a carriageway for road vehicles and pedestrians was incorporated to generate additional revenue. The main structural elements are tied cast iron arches.Notwithstanding the considerable increase in the weight of railway vehicles since it was designed, it continues to carry rail traffic, although the King Edward bridge nearby was opened in 1906 to ease congestion. The roadway is also still in use, although with a weight restriction. It is a grade I listed structure.

as we walked through the bridge we came across sections with ‘love-locks’ attached

nearly at the Newcastle side of the bridge

at the end of the bridge the view  back to the Tyne Bridge

Then it was lunchtime and on to the Swing Bridge, that’s for next time,

Stay tooned! 🙂

 

 

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

chim-chim-cheree

Roof garden 🙂

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.

Sailors

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 🙂

Stay tooned!

Day 365~366

Tonight Phil came with me to photograph the bridges over the Tyne. I’ve seen loads from other people, and it probably doesn’t look any different to those, but this is mine and I’m chuffed it turned out so well.

 

I took a few others so here are they,

The millennium bridge and The Baltic

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The millennium bridge and The Sage

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The Sage

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and my shot of the day.. ta da!

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