Whorlton Suspension Bridge

  • Project Type: Asset Management, Bridges & Structures, Historic Structures
  • Client: Taziker
  • Location: Durham, UK
  • Date: 2021

About this Project

“Whorlton Bridge was formally opened in 1831, being originally designed to carry horse and carts with coal from the Durham coal fields to the south.

In December 1942, prime minister Winston Churchill stood on Whorlton Bridge to watch soldiers train in the meadows on the south bank, wade through the river Tees and then tackle the steep Durham cliffs.

Whorlton Suspension Bridge is a Grade 2* listed structure and a scheduled monument. It is the UK’s oldest road suspension bridge with the deck totally supported by its original iron chains. It is also the UK’s earliest surviving example of an iron chained suspension bridge with twin battered masonry pylons at each end.”

Roles and Responsibility

“ECSL undertook a complete condition inspection and assessment of the structure in order to determine the current state and articulation of teh historic suspension bridge.
As part of this, ECSL were responsible for the design of temporary bracing to allow for the removal and repair of individual chain links on the UK’s second oldest suspension bridge that still retains it’s original chains. ECSL also specified replacement chain plates where the originals could not be re-used, using wrought iron as per the original design.”

Services

  • Bridge Inspection
  • Bridge Design
  • Bridge Repair
  • Conservation of historic structures

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