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Berwick Bridges


Engineering / Construction, Bridges, Railways

Berwick’s Bridges are perhaps the most northern group of bridges taking both road and railway over an English river and they are certainly the most interesting and picturesque, with the dramatic town of Berwick as their backdrop.

Built between 1611 and 1626, the Old Bridge was built out of beautiful red sandstone and has 15 arches and columns. Designed by the surveyor, James Burrell, it still provides the most satisfying pedestrian approach from Tweedmouth into the walled town.

The Royal Border Bridge of 1847-50 was designed by celebrated railway engineer Robert Stephenson and opened by Queen Victoria in 1860. There is no more stunning landmark for rail travellers between England and Scotland. Like its predecessor, the Royal Border Bridge, is also built with 15 arches. The construction of the bridge completed the first direct rail link between London and Edinburgh.

The third bridge, whilst being the youngest of the group, is a world first. The Royal Tweed Bridge was the longest concrete span bridge in the world when it was built. For many years, the northern arch also held the record as Britain's largest concrete arch. The bridge was designed by LG Mouchel & Partners between 1925 and 1928 and was the first new road crossing over the Tweed since 1626.


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