The oldest iron suspension bridge in Europe

After a long drive yesterday I declare Sunday a day of rest so plan to potter around not too far from the cottage. From the cottage the dead end lane hits the sea looking out to Holy Island with the Castle directly opposite. The lane gave an opportunity to undertake my favourite past time of collecting wild blackberries. Abundant in wildlife swallows buzz up and down the lane stocking up with insects before the journey back to Africa. Sparrows and Yellow hammers sit on the hedge tops. At the bottom of the lane is a bird hide but only Curlew’s present due to the state of the tide (will return later at a different time). The sun has also encouraged more Butterflies than I have seen for a while. The weather is an improvement today clear blue sky’s.

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A short drive into Berwick -Upon-Tweed to fill up with fuel and up river to visit to The Union Chain Bridge the oldest surviving iron suspension bridge in Europe. This vehicle bridge was built by Captain (later Sir) Samuel Brown RN between 1819-20. He pioneered the iron anchor chains and registered patents of his work. The Union Chain Bridge cost £7,700 to build and opened on 26th July 1820. Brown showed off this bridges strength by driving over it with 12 loaded carts which were followed by 600 spectators an estimated weight of some 20 tons. The bridge replaced the often flooded river ford, it was also quicker (took less than a year) and was cheaper to build than conventional stone bridge. although cars can still cross the Tweed here our camper exceeds the weight limit so it was a park and walk across into Scotland.

By the sea at Berwick

By the sea at Berwick

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The Union Chain Bridge

The Union Chain Bridge

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