Bridges On The Wear


An old bridge carrying a single lane of traffic together with a footpath, it is controlled by traffic lights. In 1975 it was by-passed by the A182 Washington Highway. Designed by D. Balfour and constructed by Head Wrightson of Thornaby-on-Tees it is a low level bridge linking Fatfield with Penshaw. It was opened by the Earl of Durham in 1890 and cost 8,000. it was refurbished in 2015.

Fatfield is an old mining village and Worm Hill featured in the legend of The Lambton Worm is nearby.

 Fatfield Bridge Viaduct Facts

Constructed - 1889
Type - arch, tied arch or bowstring, wrought iron girders, stone abutments.
Position - Fatfield, Sunderland.
Grid Ref: NZ 312 540

 Fatfield Bridge

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