Union Chain Bridge


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The Union Chain Bridge spans the River Tweed between Horncliffe, Northumberland, England and Fishwick, Borders, Scotland. It was designed by Captain (later Sir) Samuel Brown RN, who held patents for the design of the chains, although Brown altered the tower and abutments on the suggestion of John Rennie. When it opened in 1820 it was the longest wrought iron suspension bridge in the world with a span of 137 metres (449 ft), and the first vehicular bridge of its type in the United Kingdom. It cost £7,700 to construct and pre-dates the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Menai Bridge, which are of similar design . Today it continues to carry traffic, and visitors can enjoy pleasant walks along the river bank. Just up the hill from the Union Chain Bridge on the English side is the Chain Bridge Honey Farm, where there is situated a permanent exhibition on chain suspension bridges. Downstream on the Scottish side is Paxton House, where visitors can see Alexander Naysmith's depiction of Union Chain Bridge, painted before its actual completion. The OS reference for the Union Chain Bridge is NT933510.
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Lovely location for wedding photographs

Janet3197, East Lothian, Scotland
Preston Tower is a lovely peaceful location with a well laid out garden. I have visited this site many times and it is particularly beautiful in the autumn when the flowers are in full bloom. My daughter had Wedding photos taken here.

Hidden Gem

G_Inspector, Scotland
Lovley strange looking building noticed when i was passing thro this afternoon and looked lovley when the sun was shining down on this small village.

Fascinating and peaceful

juliantb, Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
Following an Ordnance Survey route we came across Preston Tower. It was fascinating - there used to be lots of towers like this but this is one of the few that top has survived - at least gas of it has! Entry by honesty box - only £2. You climb up the tower seeing the single rooms on each level until the open roof with great views. The gardens around the tower would make a great picnic place except when the loud clock strikes!

Lovely place!

samii93x, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Me and my partner live locally and have driven past the sign for this place so many times! We finally decided to go and investigate! I'm glad we did as it was a lovely place! Some nice walks around the grounds, it's so quiet and peaceful! The tower itself is full of interesting information and the views from the top are beautiful on a clear day! There's an honesty box inside the tower and it's only £2! There are loads of picnic tables and benches you can sit at! We intend to visit again with a picnic! Well worth a visit if your in the area!

Hidden gem

BarkinIron, Manchester, United Kingdom
The hotel we stayed in recommended a visit here and so glad we found it! The views from the top are stunning are the clock chime was twee and sounded lovely in the tranquil setting. £2 entry via the honesty box

Photo: https://images.visitnorthumberland.com/Union-Chain-Bridge/vn-medium-Outside-Union-Chain-Bridge.jpg


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