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Photo-a-day 224: Ouseburn spectacular!

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See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

Over the course of this photographic year, I’ve featured lots of bits of the Ouseburn, a local river that runs from its source, near Newcastle airport, to the Tyne, near the famous Quayside. It also passes fairly near my house.

I’ve featured it so many times now that I know it’s become a groan-worthy subject for some: Wendy included! But today, I wanted to show you the Ouseburn at Ouseburn: the point at which the river flows through its namesake part of Newcastle, in the Ouseburn Valley. This is it flowing under the huge Byker Bridge:

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The Byker Bridge was opened in 1878, and, in something resembling current Government policy, its construction was funded by a toll charged for use until 1895. It was designed by Robert Hodgson, who was better known for his rail bridges. It is built entirely of brick, and is almost 100ft tall and over 1000 feet long. This picture gives a better sense of scale:

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Perhaps the more interesting construction which lies almost alongside Byker Bridge is the Ouseburn Viaduct, which carries the East Coast Mainline. It was – remarkably – originally a timber construction built in 1839. Thirty years later, the timber was switched to iron. Unfortunately, the viaduct is currently undergoing a £10m restoration, and so all that can be seen today is a web of scaffolding:

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I’ll have to visit again when the work is complete… Ouseburn will be back!

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14:55
8th September 2012.

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Comment from Anonymous


    22.55, 17/11/2012

The Railway Bridge (Not Shown) that runs pararell with Byker Bridge has a metal plate on it opened 18……?. It is called St. PETERS BRIDGE. St ANNS ROPERY, ON CITY ROAD, (now long gone), in the early 195Os there was a Chimney (Crawhall Chimney) at St ANNS Ropery, in the shape of a coiled Rope which apparently was ‘coiled’ the wrong way Road. It served as a landmark for Sailors on the Tyne and was commonly known as the SAILORS CHIMNEY. Photographs of this Chimney are extremely rare, however the Ouseburn Trust have a print of the Chimney in one of their magazines.


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    22.59, 17/11/2012

Thanks, that sounds very interesting! I wonder what happened to it?




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