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King Edward VII Bridge

King Edward VII Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 13, 2018

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Railroad (East Coast Main Line) Over River Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead: North East, England: United Kingdom
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1906 By Builder/Contractor: Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Company of Darlington, England and Engineer/Design: Charles A. Harrison
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
324.0 Feet (98.8 Meters)
Structure Length
1,151.0 Feet (350.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
46 Feet (14.02 Meters)
4 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This is a large and very wide deck truss railway bridge. A length of 1,151 feet was given for the bridge however that does not include two curved "Y" approach structures leading up to the main bridge at the southern end. The bridge is often classified as a lattice girder, but it lacks the high quantity of diagonal members seen in a traditional lattice girder design, and has a much more simple "X" pattern, which can also be classified as a Double-Intersection Warren truss.

Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings

Listed At: Grade II


List Entry Number: 1242100

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE NZ 26 SW King Edward Railway Bridge 1833-/11/10044 II Railway bridge. 1902-6 by Charles A. Harrison for the North Eastern Railway; contractors Cleveland Bridge and Engineering Co. Sandstone ashlar piers and red sandstone approach viaduct with steel girder bridge deck. Originally planned to have only 2 lattice girder spans, the discovery of old coal workings caused a change of design to 4 steel spans. 5 ashlar piers, of which 3 are in river, are pierced by 2 tall arches rest on high plinths and support steel lattice girder bridge deck. Strings on piers along line of upper and lower girders, and raised panels between, give classical proportions to piers which rise to parapets above rail track bed. Land approach on north side is rock-faced stone and has 10 tall arches with voussoirs, all now containing renewed doors and glazing to workshops, between the river and Pottery Lane. East Coast Main Line electrification girders added to bridge. The southern half of the bridge is in Gateshead District. Listing NGR: NZ2467963229 The asset was previously listed twice also under the parish of Gateshead at List entry 1248576. This entry was removed from the List on 7 June 2017.


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