High Level Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Plans for a ‘high level’ bridge across the Tyne dated back to 1839 when a laminated timber road bridge had been proposed. Within a few years, George Stephenson and George Hudson became involved, and the design was modified so it could be used as both a road and railway bridge. The final structure was designed by Stephenson’s son, Robert aided by Thomas Harrison (1808-1888), work starting in October 1846 when the first piles were driven into the river using a Nasmyth steam hammer.

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