Tyne and Wear HER(4008): South Gosforth, Three Mile Bridge (and Pigg's Folly) - Details
Title of image: Three Mile Bridge, Great North Road, Newcastle upon Tyne
Date: circa 1890
Description: A copy of an engraving of the Three Mile Bridge, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne c.1890. The engraving shows the bridge in the centre with houses to the left and open land to the right.
Additional info: Reprographic copy
Location/Collection: Newcastle Libraries/Newcastle Local Studies Bridges Collection
Accession number: NCL 012334
Provider: Newcastle City Library
Copyright: All rights reserved, if you would like a printed copy of this image please contact Newcastle Libraries.
South Gosforth, Three Mile Bridge (and Pigg's Folly)
Road Transport Site
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, http://www.collectbritain.co.uk/galleries/grimm; 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