Bridges On The Wear


"Chester-le-Street has an illustrious history dating back to Roman times. The word 'street' indicates the Roman road from Brough via Binchester to the bridge over the Tyne known as Pons Aelius. We now know this as Newcastle and to the Romans Chester-le-Street was called Conganium. Here the Romans built a now long-vanished fort and around it there developed a vicus or civilian settlement."

Discovering County Durham. Ron and Marlene Freetly. 1994.

A new bridge replacing an earlier steel bridge a little downstream and demolished in 1997. It was designed by Durham County Council, D.J.Newton was the engineer and it was built by John Mowlem Construction and carries the B1284 road from Chester-le-Street to Woodstone and Fence Houses.

It is a low bridge painted a striking blue and stands next to Durham County Cricket club's ground. Lumley Castle is across the river on the east side. Footpaths along both river banks lead downstream past all the town's other bridges.

 New Lumley Bridge Facts

Constructed - 1997
Type - beam, concrete deck, steel beams, 3 span.
Position - Chester-le-Street, County Durham.
Grid Ref: NZ 284 508

 New Lumley Bridge

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