The Tyne Bridge

Icon of North-East England

November 2022 9781787387935 288pp, 24 colour illus
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Description

The Tyne Bridge, opened in 1928 by King George V, is one of Britain’s most iconic structures, a Grade 2 listed building. Linking Newcastle and Gateshead, this symbol of Tyneside and the region is also a monument to the Tyne’s industrial past. Paul Brown’s popular history explores what the bridge means to the people of North-East England, and its deep connection with their heritage.

Brown recounts the story of the bridge’s predecessors, from the Roman Pons Aelius–a site of water-god worship–to the Victorian era. He then brings to life the individuals who built the modern bridge: Ralph Freeman, the structural engineer who also designed the Sydney Harbour Bridge; Dorothy Buchanan, the first female member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, who produced drawings and calculations; John Carr, the boatman who bravely rescued workers from the Tyne on dozens of occasions; and the scaffolder Nathaniel Collins, the only man not to survive construction, who fell 175 feet just weeks before the bridge’s completion.

This richly illustrated book charts the Tyne Bridge’s story right to the present, exploring how it remains a North-Eastern cultural emblem, in a region that has changed almost unrecognisably since its heyday in the late 1920s.

Author(s)

Paul Brown is a freelance writer for The Guardian, FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes. Among his eleven published books, two of which have been optioned by Hollywood studios, are Savage Enthusiasm: A History of Football Fans, and All with Smiling Faces: How Newcastle Became United.

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