Union Chain Bridge


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The Union Chain Bridge spans the River Tweed between Horncliffe, Northumberland, England and Fishwick, Borders, Scotland. It was designed by Captain (later Sir) Samuel Brown RN, who held patents for the design of the chains, although Brown altered the tower and abutments on the suggestion of John Rennie. When it opened in 1820 it was the longest wrought iron suspension bridge in the world with a span of 137 metres (449 ft), and the first vehicular bridge of its type in the United Kingdom. It cost £7,700 to construct and pre-dates the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Menai Bridge, which are of similar design . Today it continues to carry traffic, and visitors can enjoy pleasant walks along the river bank. Just up the hill from the Union Chain Bridge on the English side is the Chain Bridge Honey Farm, where there is situated a permanent exhibition on chain suspension bridges. Downstream on the Scottish side is Paxton House, where visitors can see Alexander Naysmith's depiction of Union Chain Bridge, painted before its actual completion. The OS reference for the Union Chain Bridge is NT933510.

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Hidden gem

BarkinIron, Manchester, United Kingdom
The hotel we stayed in recommended a visit here and so glad we found it! The views from the top are stunning are the clock chime was twee and sounded lovely in the tranquil setting. £2 entry via the honesty box

A trip back in time.

Jane W,
A lovely place to wyle away a hour or so. The cost is £2 via a honesty box & worth every penny. The tower is full of information about its history. It is set up to show examples of how it may have looked when occupied. It's so small I cannot imagine living in it ! We climbed to the top & the views from up there are stunning. We walked through the grounds, a lovely walk with some fine examples of several species of trees & lots of different birds to see & listen to. We called in on our way to our B&B in Ellingham. When we got there & mentioned we had visited Preston Tower they asked did we see the Red Squirrels. We didn't & had we known about them we would have been on the look out. So watch out for them.

Quick stop

DavieD46, London, United Kingdom
We'd seen signs but weren't sure what it is. A quite interesting small tower which must have had great views from the top before the trees were allowed to grow to obscure many of them. A few notes about the Battle of Flodden, with diagrams. Only a 10 minute visit, but cheap enough to be worthwhile.

A bit shocked

Jan6451, Manchester, United Kingdom
Visited this attraction today, first walked around the gardens where there was a cage set up and Inside was a trapped magpie, it turns out the bird was being used as bait to trap more birds. The magpie could not access the water as it was in a bottle half full and obviously the bird could see the water but not drink it, there was also a rusty tin of cat food in the cage. We released the magpie as although I know magpies eat other birds eggs, this was cruel as to set a trap the bird has to have room to stretch its wings and also have clean water and food. I am an animal lover and do not like to witness cruelty. On ringing the rspb II was told to ring the rspca, but as I didn't know how long the bird had no access to water they couldn't or wouldn't visit. this attraction therefore is not my favourite. How many birds do you cull. Apparently they use traps to kill magpies to stop them eating pheasants eggs. But then gamekeepers and hunters shoot pheasants. No justice.

What An Amazing Little Place Steeped in History

ginamarina67, Manchester, United Kingdom
Wasn't sure what to do so read the reviews and thought we would call in on our way to Seahouses. Well what a treat. Wasn't expecting that at all. £2 entry via honesty box which is just lovely. There was no one else around so was able to explore and read all the little historical facts displayed around the tower. Even walked the steep steps to the top which wasn't the best as I am not good with heights but that's just me - the staircase was very sturdy - the view from the top was great and we stayed to listen to the working chimes of the clock. Really really interesting place and even though it was cold day we still managed to have a mini picnic in the grounds.

Photo: http://images.visitnorthumberland.com/Union-Chain-Bridge/vn-medium-Outside-Union-Chain-Bridge.jpg


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