Union Chain Bridge

Northumberland

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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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tripadvisor
28/11/2016

Unusual towe.


Mike J, Telford, United Kingdom
Preston Tower is a magnificent example of a Northumbrian Pele Tower. The admission of Two pounds is extremely reasonable for such an interesting place' There are 4 floors and you get a magnificent view from the top of the tower. There is a tremendous amount of information everywhere and the whole place is in fantastic condition. Well worth making a detour! There are a number of picnic tables in the grounds.
tripadvisor
21/10/2016

Hidden gem


Grottenolm2014, Kingston-upon-hull, United Kingdom
A historic Pele Tower, this attraction is absolutely stunning. Well preserved, and with loving informative detail provided throughout, we were really pleased we visited. Stunning views from the top as well (beware of the clock bell on the hour - we jumped when this suddenly went off). The Tower is surrounded by woodland walks which are freely accessible.
tripadvisor
17/09/2016

Worth a visit.


Bill A, York, United Kingdom
The tower is interesting in itself. Fine views from the top without the usual Elfin Safety hoo-ha. The woodland walk is a nice bonus. Walked down to the spring and drank the water. Very sweet and no ill-effects to date. Bottled some straight from the pipe and brought it home.
tripadvisor
02/09/2016

Hidden gem


HomerJSimpson01, Springfield, Illinois
You will not find this unless you look. Seldom will you receive so vivid an impression of northumberland that of this small little tower at Chathill - Preston Pele Tower. Some of the rooms have been furnished to look like you were living in the fourteenth century, and there are fascinating displays and information about the life of the Border reivers. Only £2 to enter via an honesty box. Well worth it
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30/08/2016

The bell!


fechenheimkid, london
Very minor attraction, but well worth visiting for its interesting clock mechanism and the bell. If you stand by the latter on the hour its loud clang and, especially, the reverberations, are good fun. Also, the rawness of the tower makes a change from the heavily restored major castles of the region, and there's a pleasant walk through the woods. Costs a couple of pounds, free for HHA members.
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