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.


A bit shocked

Jan6451, Manchester, United Kingdom
Visited this attraction today, first walked around the gardens where there was a cage set up and Inside was a trapped magpie, it turns out the bird was being used as bait to trap more birds. The magpie could not access the water as it was in a bottle half full and obviously the bird could see the water but not drink it, there was also a rusty tin of cat food in the cage. We released the magpie as although I know magpies eat other birds eggs, this was cruel as to set a trap the bird has to have room to stretch its wings and also have clean water and food. I am an animal lover and do not like to witness cruelty. On ringing the rspb II was told to ring the rspca, but as I didn't know how long the bird had no access to water they couldn't or wouldn't visit. this attraction therefore is not my favourite. How many birds do you cull. Apparently they use traps to kill magpies to stop them eating pheasants eggs. But then gamekeepers and hunters shoot pheasants. No justice.

What An Amazing Little Place Steeped in History

ginamarina67, Manchester, United Kingdom
Wasn't sure what to do so read the reviews and thought we would call in on our way to Seahouses. Well what a treat. Wasn't expecting that at all. £2 entry via honesty box which is just lovely. There was no one else around so was able to explore and read all the little historical facts displayed around the tower. Even walked the steep steps to the top which wasn't the best as I am not good with heights but that's just me - the staircase was very sturdy - the view from the top was great and we stayed to listen to the working chimes of the clock. Really really interesting place and even though it was cold day we still managed to have a mini picnic in the grounds.

Passed through/wedding photography

Moira M,
I have passed through this place throughout my entire life, at my mums wedding we also got photos taken here, this is a very nice place and has been improved a lot over the years!

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.

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.

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


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