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Description: Wynch Bridge
Date Listed: 14 September 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 111960
OS Grid Reference: NY9038327898
OS Grid Coordinates: 390383, 527898
Latitude/Longitude: 54.6461, -2.1505
NEWBIGGIN RIVER TEES
NY 92 NW
14/158 Wynch Bridge
Suspension bridge. Circa 1820 for Duke of Cleveland, replacing earlier bridge
on site which was erected pre-1757 and was said to have been the earliest in
Europe. Cast iron colums; wrought iron hangers, suspension and handrails;
wood deck. 2 tapered Tuscan columns at each end support iron blocks through
which suspension rails are threaded, and to the outside of which iron guy
cables and square-section guy rods are bolted. Of 3 original hand rails
threaded through the 13 pairs of hangers, the top was missing, as were the
planks of the deck, at time of survey. 13 beams support deck. Being
reinforced at time of survey.
The original bridge was built to enable lead miners who lived at Holwick to
reach the mines at Middleton.
Source: W. Fordyce, History and Antiquities of the Co. Palatine of Durham,
1857; vol. II, p.70.
Listing NGR: NY9038327898
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Source: English Heritage
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