In the days when tall ships needed to sail beyond Newcastle, any bridge had to be high enough to allow the ships to sail beneath. The old Georgian bridge was too low and was replaced by the Swing Bridge, so that vessels could pass to Lord Armstrong's shipyards at Elswick further up-river. The Millennium bridge, of course tilts, but has nothing like the clearance of those further up.
|In order: Millennium Bridge, Tyne Bridge, Swing Bridge, High Level and Metro|
|The Bridges reflected|
|Under The Swing Bridge. |
(The arch is the last remnant of the Georgian bridge that the swing bridge replaced)
|Tyne Bridge showing the towers, originally meant for living accommodation, they did , and probably still, contain lifts|