Chester New Bridge

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Chester New Bridge
Chester New
Coordinates 54°51′52″N 1°33′30″W / 54.86458°N 1.558365°W / 54.86458; -1.558365Coordinates: 54°51′52″N 1°33′30″W / 54.86458°N 1.558365°W / 54.86458; -1.558365
Crosses River Wear
Locale Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham
Heritage status Grade II* listed[1]
Scheduled Ancient Monument[2]
Material dressed stone
Total length 45 metres (148 ft)
No. of spans 4
Piers in water 3

Chester New Bridge is a Grade II* listed[1] medieval stone bridge over the River Wear near Chester-le-Street in County Durham, England. It carries Black Drive, the private entrance road to Lambton Castle, across the Wear just north of the A1052 road bridge, which superseded it in 1926. Frank Graham in Bridges of Northumberland and Durham describes it as "a fine 14th century bridge"[3] but the official English Heritage listing citation considers it to be "probably C15". The parapet, which English Heritage suggest may be partly rebuilt,[4] bears a worn inscription referring to "Charles Swinburne's Leap", an incident in which a horse and its rider were killed falling from the bridge.[3] The bridge has a span of approximately 45 metres (148 ft) and four pointed arches with cutwaters on each pier. An archway at its eastern end, erected in 1815 by Ignatius Bonomi, marks the entrance to the Lambton Estate.[5]


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Chester New Bridge  (Grade II*) (1323102)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Historic England. "Chester New Bridge (1002354)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 July 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Graham, Frank (1975). Bridges of Northumberland and Durham. ISBN 978-0902833135. 
  4. ^ "Chester New Bridge". British Listed Buildings. 1987. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Chester New Bridge". Retrieved 3 November 2012.