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Whorlton Bridge
River Tees, Whorlton, County Durham
associated engineer
John Green
date  19th August 1830 - July 1831
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  NZ105145
ICE reference number  HEW 356
The road suspension bridge over the River Tees at Whorlton is Grade II * listed and a scheduled ancient monument. It is unique amongst early British bridges of this type as it is still supported by its original chains.
The bridge was designed by John Green of Newcastle. He was commissioned in 1830 after the destruction by flood of construction work on a two-arch bridge designed by George Atkinson. Atkinson had not got very far in the building of his bridge but all work was lost.
Green's replacement drew upon the design he had chosen for his Scotswood suspension bridge, then under construction (demolished 1967).
Whorlton's suspension cables comprise links made up from flat wrought iron bars 2.93m long, 76mm deep and 25mm wide. They are supported by two masonry piers each side of the bridge and carry a roadway 5.5m wide. The deck is suspended from the cables at 1.4m intervals.
The bridge was damaged by gales in 1976. However, it remains in use, though subject to a weight restriction. There is a toll house at the north end.
Research: MGW
SINE Project, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
reference sources   CEH North

Whorlton Bridge