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Three Mile Bridge, Great North Road, Newcastle upon Tyne



South Gosforth, Three Mile Bridge (and Pigg's Folly)

South Gosforth



Road Transport Site

Road Bridge

Post Medieval


Documentary Evidence

The Three Mile Bridge carried the Newcastle to Morpeth road over the Ouseburn. A strange monument was apparently erected next to the bridge by John Pigg, a town surveyor, inscribed with biblical texts. This "folly", drawn by Samuel Hieronymous Grimm [who made a living by accompanying the well-to-do on their travels, and recorded the journeys in pen-and-ink drawings] in the 18th century, was removed some time in the 19th century.




<< HER 4008 >> 1st edition Ordnance Survey map, 1864, 6 inch scale, Northumberland, 88 Samuel Hieronymous Grimm, C188, The Northumberland Sketchbooks,; E. Mackenzie, 1825, A View of the County of Northumberland, pp 471-472; R. Welford, 1879, A History of the Parish of Gosforth, pp 23-25

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