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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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.

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

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.

What a treat!

Kim C, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Good little find! Just an honesty box for entry, lovely surroundings with picnic tables. Very informative inside!

Fascinating pele tower full of information and with fantastic views

bluelizard, N Wales
What a great find! We were the only visitors at the time so took our time. Well-behaved dogs welcome on a short lead although we only took him into the ground floor and around the grounds. £2 per adult paid via honesty box. The tower was very interesting with an informative leaflet available and lots of beautifully handwritten notes dotted around the place. Some of the rooms were furnished to reflect their use in days gone by. I stood inside to hear the clock chime on the hour. Great! The workings are fantastic. Climbing the tower is easy as there are sturdy wooden stairs. I’m scared of heights but made it to the small door at the top and was rewarded with fantastic views, even on an overcast day. Watch out for pigeons protecting their young, there’s a nest in the outside turret. We also did the short circular walks and one down to the woodland which was very enjoyable. Toilets available. Free parking. No refreshments / shop but there are some picnic benches around the tower, take a picnic and enjoy the peace and quiet.

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


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