Tyne and Wear HER(1945): Byker Road Bridge - Details
Title of image: Byker Bridge
Additional info: Print black and white
Location/Collection: Newcastle Libraries/Newcastle Local Studies Bridges Collection
Accession number: NCL 016662
Provider: Newcastle City Library
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Byker Road Bridge
Road Transport Site
Constructed in 1878 to overcome the need to descend and ascend the steep sides of the Lower Ouseburn Valley. 1878 for pedestrians, 1879 for raod traffic. A toll was charged for its use until 1895. Cost £50,000 to build. Originally a toll bridge. Purchased by City Council in 1890 for £107,500. Between 1878 and 1895 a toll of half a penny was charged for use of the brick bridge. Toll lifted 1895. In 1899 the bridge was widened from its original width of 9m to 15m.
<< HER 1945 >> I. Ayris & S.M. Linsley, 1994, A Guide to the Industrial Archaeology of Tyne and Wear, p 19; Grace McCombie, 2009, Newcastle and Gateshead - Pevsner Architectural Guide, p 136