Film ID:
NEFA 21460

BRIDGES ON THE RIVER TYNE

c.1957

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Description

An amateur film made by Milton Newton taken from an aircraft as it flies over the Hoppings Fair on Newcastle Town Moor, along the coast at Tynemouth and then  west along the River Tyne from the mouth to Warden in Northumberland. The films includes views of many of the Tyne’s most iconic bridges as well several busy shipyards especially between North Shields and Newcastle. The final part of the film shows the river running though the Tyne Valley to Corbridge and Hexham and finishes on the Warden Railway Bridge.

The film opens inside a small aircraft looking down on the Hoppings fair taking place on the Town Moor at Newcastle. Rides and circular tents can be seen clearly as well as traffic as it moves along the Great North Road.

The film cuts to the coast looking south towards the mouth of the River Tyne. Houses are built inland from the cliffs and sand can be seen on a number of beaches. General view follows of a cargo ship at sea.

General view of the North and South Tyne Piers as the plane turns westward up the River Tyne. As the plane travels upriver many ships are seen moored along various quaysides on both the north and south banks. The ‘David and Goliath’ crane can be seen at Vickers-Armstrong’s naval shipyard at High Walker. General view of the Ouseburn flowing into the Tyne.

At Newcastle views of the Tyne Bridge, Swing Bridge, High Level road and Railway Bridge, King Edwards Railway Bridge and Redheugh Bridge with a view of the Vickers-Armstrong factory at Elswick. The airplane flies over the Dunston B Power Station followed by views of the Scotswood Chain Bridge and Scotswood Railway Bridge. There is a view of Stella Power Station built on the old Blaydon Races course.

Continuing up the Tyne there are views of the Newburn Road Bridge and the Wylam road and railway bridges. There is a waste heap beside the ICI factory followed by the Ovingham Road Bridge, Bywell Road Bridge with views of the Bywell estate, hall and churches.

There is a view of the Corbridge road bridge followed by the Hexham road bridge. The film ends at the junction of the North and South Tyne showing Warden Railway Bridge and Bridge End Road Bridge.