Vintage: Building the Tyne Bridge (1927 to 1929)

Vintage: Building the Tyne Bridge (1927 to 1929)


The Tyne Bridge is one of the North East’s most iconic landmarks. These photographs were taken by James Bacon & Sons of Newcastle and document its construction from March 1927 to October 1928. They belonged to James Geddie, who was Chief Assistant Engineer on the construction of the Bridge with Dorman, Long & Co. Ltd. of Middlesbrough. Photos from the Tyne & Wear Archives.

View of the Tyne Bridge in the very early stages of construction, looking from Newcastle upon Tyne over towards Gateshead, 22 March 1927

View of the Tyne Bridge in the very early stages of construction, looking from Newcastle upon Tyne over towards Gateshead, 22 March 1927. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

The first sections of steelwork rise over Hillgate Quay, Gateshead, 10 August 1927. Most of the girders in this photograph are part of a temporary cradle used to support the first three sections of the bridge's main arch.

The first sections of steelwork rise over Hillgate Quay, Gateshead, 10 August 1927. Most of the girders in this photograph are part of a temporary cradle used to support the first three sections of the bridge’s main arch. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

View of support mast and cables holding the Tyne Bridge in place as it is constructed, 29 November 1927

View of support mast and cables holding the Tyne Bridge in place as it is constructed, 29 November 1927. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

View through the girders from the Gateshead side of the Tyne Bridge to the Newcastle side, 27 January 1928

View through the girders from the Gateshead side of the Tyne Bridge to the Newcastle side, 27 January 1928. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

View of progress with the Tyne Bridge, 2 February 1928, showing the two halves getting closer together

View of progress with the Tyne Bridge, 2 February 1928, showing the two halves getting closer together. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

View of the Tyne Bridge from Gateshead, 2 February 1928, showing the two halves getting closer together

View of the Tyne Bridge from Gateshead, 2 February 1928, showing the two halves getting closer together. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

View of the Newcastle side of the Tyne Bridge captured during its construction on 2 February 1928

View of the Newcastle side of the Tyne Bridge captured during its construction on 2 February 1928. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

View of the Tyne Bridge captured from the Newcastle side during its construction on 15 February 1928. This shot shows very clearly the cross-bracing on the arch.

View of the Tyne Bridge captured from the Newcastle side during its construction on 15 February 1928. This shot shows very clearly the cross-bracing on the arch. Photo: Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums


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