Bridges On The Tyne


"Two miles below Hesleyside is the small market town of Bellingham,; its general aspect is only moderately busy, but since the middle of the sixteenth century it has been known as providing a market for the people of Norty Tynedale."

The Tyne And Its Tributaries. W J Palmer. 1882

This bridge is a handsome stone structure on the B6320 road just south of the town. There may have been a bridge here in medieval times but the present bridge, by John Green replaced two separate fords. There was a toll at one time and the toll house still exists. The bridge completed the link in a new road between Hexham and Bellingham built in the mid-eighteenth century. Formerly an area of ironstone and coal mining with an ironworks and cokeworks nearby, the town has long been known for its annual Agricultural Show. By walking a mile or so the waterfall of Hareshaw Linn can be reached. Less than two miles away the important tributary of the River Rede joins the North Tyne at Redesmouth.

 Bellingham Bridge Facts

Constructed - 1834
Type - arch, 4 stone arches.
Position: at Bellingham, Northumberland.
Grid Ref: NY 834 833
 Bellingham Bridge

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