Corbridge Bridge

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Corbridge Bridge
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Corbridge Bridge
Coordinates54°58′20″N 2°01′08″W / 54.9722°N 2.0188°W / 54.9722; -2.0188
OS grid referenceNY988641
CarriesB6321 road
CrossesRiver Tyne
Heritage statusGrade I listed[1]
Preceded byHexham Bridge
Followed byStyford Bridge
Total length480 ft (146 m)[2]
No. of spans7
Load limit7.5 t
No. of lanesSingle-track road controlled by traffic lights
Construction end1674
Opened1674 (1674)
Corbridge Bridge is located in Northumberland
Corbridge Bridge
Corbridge Bridge
Location in Northumberland

Corbridge Bridge is a 17th-century stone bridge across the River Tyne at Corbridge, Northumberland, England.

The bridge used to carry the A68 road over the River Tyne, but since the opening of the Hexham bypass (A69) the A68 now crosses by the Styford Bridge, 3 miles (5 km) downstream of Corbridge. It is listed as a Grade I building by Historic England.[1]


The bridge at Corbridge was built in 1235.[3] In 1298 royal officers went to Corbridge to purchase horseshoes and nails, and the tariff imposed to raise money for upkeep of the medieval bridge included tolls on nails of different kinds, horseshoes, cartwheel-sheaths, griddles, iron cauldrons and vats. The bridge was the great asset of the town. Described in 1306 as the only bridge between Newcastle and Carlisle, it was maintained also as a link between England and Scotland.[4] In 1674 [Fraser[4] has 1690] it was replaced by the seven-arched bridge we see today.[3] So well did the builder of this bridge execute his contract that his was the only one on the Tyne to withstand the famous flood of 1771.[4][5] In 1881 it was widened by 3 ft (1 m) but its appearance was not spoilt.[3]


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Corbridge Bridge  (Grade I) (1044808)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Corbridge Bridge". Bridges on the Tyne. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  3. ^ a b c Graham, Frank (1992). Hexham and Corbridge A Short History and Guide. Thropton: Butler Publishing. p. 45. ISBN 0-946928-19-3.
  4. ^ a b c Fraser, Constance; Emsley, Kenneth (1989). Northumbria. Chichester: Phillimore & Co. pp. 78–79. ISBN 0-85033-723-2.
  5. ^ Ridley, Nancy (1966). Portrait of Northumberland. London: Robert Hale. p. 183. ISBN 0709117191.

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Next bridge upstream River Tyne Next bridge downstream
Hexham Bridge
A6079 road and National Cycle Route 72 
Corbridge Bridge
Grid reference: NY988641
Styford Bridge
A68 road