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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Paul G,
Paid a visit and was extremely impressed with the tower and the grounds. A bonus was meeting the owner, a very nice gentleman who filled us in with some additional history. Well worth a visit and our Beagle enjoyed the climb to the top.

Very interesting Pele tower

LightAleCavalier, Lancashire
WE struggled at first to find the tower - mainly because we did not use the A1 to get here. It is well signposted off the northbound A!!. The last part of the journey is to turn off the road then turn right again past the toilets sign - this is easily missed. There is sufficient visitor parking for the tower. Admission is £2 each in an honesty box. The tower is intact with some displays inside about its history. The tower clock is a beautiful piece of work. Well worth taking the trouble to find the tower and a very pleasant place to visit.


Cjh H, Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
Charmingly presented, giving wonderful impression of the use of the once numerous towers, as refuge from raiders, and places to hold hostages. Views from top. Privately owned and managed. Fully worth the honesty box £2 entry. And deserving of support. Delightful place for a picnic.


Gill R, Hereford, United Kingdom
Visited whilst on holiday in the area. Plenty of parking and bike racks for cyclists also picnic benches for those wanting to say a while longer. Entry is an honesty box inside the tower itself. You are able to visit the rooms that have been laid out to resemble what life would have been like living inside the tower during times of trouble. There is plenty of information to read although some of it is a little faded. We did not go to the top of the tower as I don't like heights but another couple who were there at the same time said the views were lovely. You definitely don't want to be inside when the clock strikes on the hour !! There are also a couple of walks through the grounds and the one down to the spring where water is pumped from is interesting and through some magnificent trees. If in the area it is worth whiling away an hour to discover something of the history of the area.

Worth calling in if you are passing

GenTojo, Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom
Interesting spot if you happen to be driving or cycling on route 1 to call in for a look at this historic building. Few picnic benches for s picnic and toilets but not too much else to do.

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