The Swing Bridge, TheTyne Bridge, and High Level Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne, late 1920's
Unmounted (ref: 5446)
Inscribed in pencil on the reverse by the artist's son
10 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (26 x 36.5 cm)
Tags: Stephen Bone
Provenance: Acquired from Sylvester bone, 2012
The High Level Bridge is a road and railway bridge spanning the River Tyne between Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead in North East England. Designed by Robert Stephenson and built between 1847 and 1849, it was the first major example of a wrought iron tied arch or bow-string girder bridge. It is a simple engineering solution to a difficult problem at the time it was built; the spanning of 1,337 feet (408 m) of river valley, including 512 feet (156 m) across water. The two-way single carriageway road (since reduced to a single one-way carriageway) and pedestrian walkways occupy the lower deck of the spans, 85 feet (26 m) above the high-water mark, and the railway is on the upper deck 112 feet (34 m) above the high-water mark.
The watercolour shows the Swing Bridge in the foreground, with the High Level behind
and towering above it, and then the Redheugh Bridge in the distance.
The photograph above is taken from the other direction, with the
High Level in the foreground, the Swing Bridge just beyond and the ‘new’ Tyne
Bridge just slightly further downstream. The Tyne Bridge opened in the late 1920’s .
We are grateful to Elizabeth Harvey-Lee for assistance.