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Newcastle Bridge - Old

The bridge over the Tyne at Newcastle, with buildings on it, destroyed by flood in 1771

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1771 Bridges Destroyed Flood New Castle Tyne Viaducts


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A Haunting Reminder of the Past: The Destruction of Newcastle Bridge in 1771 This evocative print depicts the aftermath of the devastating flood that struck Newcastle upon Tyne in 1771, leaving behind a scene of destruction and despair. The bridge, a vital transport link connecting the two sides of the River Tyne, lies in ruins, its once sturdy arches now submerged and shattered. The surrounding buildings, their facades etched with the marks of the relentless waters, stand as silent witnesses to the power of nature. The Newcastle Bridge, also known as the Old Bridge, was a crucial part of the city's infrastructure, serving as a vital transport hub for the movement of goods and people. Its destruction not only disrupted the daily lives of the residents but also had far-reaching economic consequences. The exact cause of the flood is still debated among historians, with some attributing it to heavy rainfall, while others believe it was the result of a storm surge. Regardless of the cause, the flood of 1771 remains a significant event in the history of Newcastle upon Tyne, serving as a reminder of the destructive power of nature and the resilience of the human spirit. This haunting image, captured in a print from Mary Evans Picture Library, offers a glimpse into the past, transporting us back in time to a moment of devastation and loss. The Old Bridge, now a distant memory, stands as a testament to the city's rich history and the enduring power of nature.

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