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Winch Bridge, Durham, in Hutchinsons Tour

Winch Bridge, Durham, in Hutchinsons Tour

Artist: Bulman, I.

Medium: Watercolour with pen and ink

Date: 1774

Shelfmark: KTOP XII

Item number: 53b

Length: 43

Width: 36

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

View of the Winch Bridge across a rocky gorge above the River Tees in County Durham. William Hutchinson, antiquarian of Durham, wrote on the antiquaries or County Durham in 1785-1794. He commented "About two miles above Middleton, where the river falls in repeated cascades, a bridge, suspended on iron chains, is stretched from rock to rock, over a chasm near 60 feet deep, for the passage of travellers, but particularly for miners; the bridge is 70 feet in length, and little more than two feet broad, with a handrail on one side, and planked in such a manner that the traveller experiences all the tremulous motion of the chain, and sees himself suspended over a roaring gulph, on an agitated, restless gangway, to which few strangers dare trust themselves." The earliest suspension bridge was built here in 1704. This was a later bridge although it is not known who built it. In 1802 a man fell to his death from the bridge. It was replaced altogether in 1830.

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