Tuesday 24 May 2016

The Bridges of Berwick

As I've mentioned previously, "back in the day" I earned a crust as a Civil Engineer specialising in bridges and I still retain an interest in them. I went for a run through the Scottish Borders to Berwick-upon-Tweed on Monday and snapped the bridges in the town.

Firstly (ie nearest the sea) is Berwick Bridge or the Old Bridge. It is a 15 span masonry arch built 1611-24. It still carried light traffic.

Next is the Royal Tweed Bridge than effectively replaced the old bridge in 1928. It is a grand and elegant four span reinforced concrete arch. Prior to the town by-pass being built in 1984 the bridge was on the main London to Edinburgh road.

The last bridge is the Royal Border Bridge. This was built 1847-50 and carries the East Coast Main Line between Edinburgh and London. It is a 28 span railway viaduct with brick arches and sandstone piers and spandrel walls. 

All three bridges viewed from the harbour area.


  1. Nice pictures, thanks for the share!

  2. I am not an engineer but I love the architecture of bridges, especially when they are that beautifully set in scene.

  3. Gorgeous. There is just something about old architecture that I love. Thanks for sharing.