OS Wallpaper Download: March 2022 - Hexham Bridge, Northumberland by John Lord
Crossing the Tyne, Hexham Bridge was built in 1793 after a number of earlier bridges collapsed or were washed away by floods. In this picture by John Lord the graceful stone arches are reflected in calm waters.
The history of the Bridge at Hexham is one of refusal to give up despite repeated failures. The first was completed in 1770 to replace the ferry service, but the Tyne flood of 1771 swept it away. Another bridge was started nearby, but the ground under the pilings was too soft to support the weight, and it was abandoned.
Another was started and then restarted after the half-built piers were washed away, before being finally completed in 1780. It only lasted until 1782, when heavy snow and a hurricane collapsed it into the river, where the remains can still be seen today. The one in the photograph was subsequently designed and built by Robert Mylne, who clearly new a thing or two about building things that could stand up to Northumberland weather! It's now Grade II Listed, and still carries traffic on to the A69 from Hexham.
This photograph was submitted to Geograph by John Lord and and was taken in March 2010.
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