The earliest bridge across the Tyne was built by the Romans, Pons Aelius,
near the location of the present Tyne Bridge.
After it fell into disrepair, a stone bridge was built
in 1270 but this was destroyed by the great flood of 1771.
| Workers on the Tyne Bridge weather the heights
The idea for the Tyne Bridge goes back to 1883 but it
wasn't until 1924 that the plan to build this major river crossing finally
got the thumbs up.
Work started in August 1925 with Dorman Long of Middlesbrough
acting as the building contractors.
Men risked their lives high above the waters of the Tyne,
scaling heights and structures with the agility of Spiderman.
Despite the dangers of the building work, only one worker
died in the building of this amazing structure.
When complete, the Tyne Bridge was celebrated as one
of the modern miracles of its age.
Coals from Newcastle?
The Tyne Bridge was designed by Mott, Hay and Anderson
who based their design on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which in turn derived
its design from the Hell Gate Bridge in New York.
| The arches of the Tyne Bridge take shape in 1928
The bridge was completed and opened in 1928 by King George
V and the Queen who were the first to use the roadway travelling in their
It's long been thought that the Sydney Harbour Bridge
in Australia was based on the Tyne Bridge . This is not the case.
Work started on the Sydney Bridge before building began
on the Tyne Bridge. The confusion arises because the Sydney Harbour Bridge
took longer to complete due to its larger size.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge finally opened in 1932, three
years after the Tyne Bridge.
The Tyne Bridge's towers were built of Cornish granite
and were designed as warehouses with five storeys.
Passenger and goods lifts were built in the towers to
provide access to the Quayside. These are still in use today.
Design on Tyne
| The royal couple open the Tyne Bridge in 1928
The bridge was originally painted green with special
paint made by J. Dampney Co. of Gateshead.
The same colours were used to paint the bridge for its
But not all of the original plans were put into place.
The inner floors of the warehouses in the bridge's towers
were never completed and, as a result, the storage areas were never used.
Today the bridge is renowned around the world, and rivals
its counterpart - the Sydney Harbour Bridge - as one of the great bridges
of the world.
Watch our film footage of the bridge at the various stages
of its construction.
See the hair-raising feats of the workers who build the
colossal structure. Finally, be there for the opening ceremony with the
crowds on Newcastle's Quayside.
Tyne Bridge Facts:
It cost £1,200,000 to build.
The road deck is 84 feet above the water.
The bridge has a 531 feet span.
Several Buildings had to be demolished to make way for the bridge - they included the Goat Inn, the Earl of Durham, the Ridley Arms, the Steamboat
Inn, Ray's lodging house, a powder mill, a pickle factory and a