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Heugh Street Bridge

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Heugh Street Bridge, River Drive, South Shields

The sun drops over The Tyne

It’s probably been a long time since anyone in South Shields called this concrete edifice “The Heugh Street Bridge “, but that is what it was known as in the immediate post WWll yeears when it was built to provide a link from the industrialised shipyards to the residential areas of The Lawe. River Drive was hardly the thoroughfare that it it is now and there was still a myriad of streets leading off from the top of Mile End Road and around Wapping Street. Unfortunately the riverside area and the Market Place had suffered harshly at the hands of the German Luftwaffe and so these areas became the hub of building activity in the early 1950s.

Brigham and Cowans dockyard was situated below this bridge, as was a railway turntable on the end of the Newcastle to South Shields line. A look at the map will help you understand exactly where the dockyard and trainlines were.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/45 second, f13, iso 200, Velbon tripod.


Written by curly

February 8, 2008 at 12:01 am

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  1. This bridge is one of the most understated structures in the town; it is well worth the posting on the Daily Photo pages. The views of the Tyne and along both sides of the river banks from the bridge are impressive. Maybe you have a photo from Market Dock looking up towards the bridge?

    S Wilson

    February 8, 2008 at 12:23 am

  2. The bridge makes a great frame. Nice work!

    Fredrik Ekblad

    February 8, 2008 at 9:21 am

  3. How lovely!


    August 29, 2008 at 2:11 pm

  4. The view from the top is very good. When you are 8 years old these places are accesible

    s wylie

    October 24, 2008 at 11:43 am

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