Keys to the Past

Thorngate (Startforth) Footbridge, Teesdale (Barnard Castle)

Thorngate Footbridge over The Tees  © DCC 2003
Thorngate Footbridge over The Tees © DCC 2003

Footbridge view to Thorngate   © DCC 2003
Footbridge view to Thorngate © DCC 2003

Footbridge view to Startforth   © DCC 2003
Footbridge view to Startforth © DCC 2003

Footbridge railing detail  © DCC 2003
Footbridge railing detail © DCC 2003

View over Thorngate Foorbridge to Startforth July 2016
View over Thorngate Foorbridge to Startforth July 2016

View over side of Thorngate Footbridge July 2016
View over side of Thorngate Footbridge July 2016

Detail on side of railings of Thorngate Footbridge July 2016
Detail on side of railings of Thorngate Footbridge July 2016

View of Thorngate Footbridge from left side July 2016
View of Thorngate Footbridge from left side July 2016

There used to be stepping stones across the River Tees at this point. In 1871, they were replaced by a three span bridge with wrought iron lattice girders resting on masonry piers. This was washed away by the 1881 flood. The current iron lattice bridge has a centre span of 51.8 metres, and two shorter spans of 9.5 metres. This bridge was repaired in 1989.

Reference number:D37970
Historical period: Victorian (1837 to 1901)
21st Century (2001 to 2100)
Legal status:Listed Building
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1291732



See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Barnard Castle


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