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Alston Brewery Bridge
River South Tyne, Alston, Cumbria
Alston Brewery Bridge
associated engineer
Thomas Milton
date  1834 - 28th November 1835
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  NY715461
ICE reference number  HEW 2388
photo  Paul Dunkerley, ICE R&D Fund
Crossing the River South Tyne where it joins the River Nent is the red sandstone Alston Brewery Bridge. Little is known about it, except that it replaced an earlier bridge on the same site.
According to Jervoise, Mackenzie described the original bridge as a "high stone bridge of one arch over the South Tyne". That bridge was destroyed by flood in 1771. The new bridge, with two arches, was constructed after 1825. The arches have rusticated pentagonal voussoir stones and rusticated spandrels with a heavy horizontal emphasis.
The bridge has two semi-elliptical spans of over 10m, and a 1.5m wide pier with a slightly rounded cutwater. The bridge is less than 5m wide between parapets, and there are no pedestrian refuges. A steel footbridge has recently been added along the downstream face.
Alston Brewery Bridge now carries the A686/A689 over the River South Tyne.
Contractor: Grisenthwaite & Co
Research: PD and AJD
bibliography
"The Ancient Bridges of the North of England" by E. Jervoise
EP Publishing Limited, Wakefield, 1973
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Alston Brewery Bridge