Armstrong Bridge

Armstrong Bridge was designed by William Armstrong and built at his Elswick Works on the Tyne, it has a span of 168 metres (552 feet).  The Bridge took two years to build and was opened in 1876 at a cost of £30,000. When it was finished Armstrong gave it to the people of Newcastle along with the Park, it was used by pedestrians, horses and later on cars.

The bridge affords magnificent views of Jesmond Dene which was another of the great mans lasting legacies. It is said that Lady Armstrong took pity on horses toiling up Benton Bank, pulling carts laden with coal or market produce and suggested a high level bridge to her husband. A bridge was built at the Elswick Works, opened in 1878 and later presented to the borough.

Motor traffic was stopped in 1963 and after pedestrianisation a market was established. A delightful arts and craft market, held here regularly on Sunday mornings, continues to this day.

 

Armstrong Bridge
Armstrong Bridge

Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead 1864

53 people were killed and 400-500 injured in this massive fire which started at a worsted manufacture in Gateshead, before spreading to a bond warehousese storing sulphur and nitrate of soda. The explosion when it came, was heard 40 miles away in Alnwick and Hartlepool and left a crater.

Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead - Jesmond's Subway Mosaics
Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead – Jesmond’s Subway Mosaics

Newcastle’s Old Tyne Bridge

The Tyne once had Bridges with houses on them, it wasn’t just Italy, once this was the reality in Newcastle too!

Newcastle’s Old Tyne Bridge - Jesmond's Subway Mosaics
Newcastle’s Old Tyne Bridge – Jesmond’s Subway Mosaics

Viking Raids on Northumbria

On June 8th 793, in an unprecedented attack which astounded the whole of Europe, a raiding party of Vikings from Norway attacked Lindisfarne. Monks fled in fear and many were slaughtered. For seven decades the Vikings would continue raiding the coast of Britain, eventually launching a full scale invasion in 866.

Viking Raids on Northumbria

Mauretania 1906 – History of Newcastle in Mosaics

Jesmond Subway Mosaics - Mauretania
Jesmond Subway Mosaics – Mauretania

Launched on the Tyne in 1906, fastest and largest ship ever at that time. There were two Mauretanias, the first built by Swan Hunter. In September 1909, Mauretania captured the Blue Riband for the fastest westbound Atlantic crossing—a record that was to stand for more than two decades. Thanks in no small part to Charles Parsons development of the steam turbine.

Steam Turbine, Newcastle Civic Centre Parsons Steam Turbine and the Turbinia from the Discovery Museum
Steam Turbine, Newcastle Civic Centre Parsons Steam Turbine and the Turbinia from the Discovery Museum