Looking at Online maps, here: https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/431500/564500 I can only see one ‘Wooden Bridge’ shown locally, and it’s the one you pointed out in the centre of the map at Leam Lane, here:
Also, it might have looked a lot like our locally-named 'wooden bridge' that you remember on Campbell Street, Hebburn, which is shown on maps as F. P. – Foot Bridge’ :
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The Wooden Bridge: From Campbell Street, a long path led to the original wooden bridge and crossed over the main Newcastle to South Shields Railway Line into Campbell Street South - later Campbell Park Road.
Built c.1915, the first bridge wasn’t on a hill - rather, you walked down to it from Campbell Street. The whole bridge was made of angle bar steel. It was raised high above the railway by two box support frames - one on each side of the railway - that looked a bit like pylons, only oblong instead of pyramidal. The top part of the bridge was of the same box frame structure and sat upon the supports. The stairs on both sides of the railway were identical to each other, each with two flights supported in the middle by ‘pylons’ half the height of the ones supporting the main bridge. The foot of both the north and south stairs rested on concrete. The north stairs were added to the west of the bridge, and the south stairs to the north, like this: ¯| ̲
The steps and the whole inside of the bridge was lined with wood, which gave it the nickname ‘The Wooden Bridge’. The roof was open to the elements.
The second bridge, built 1950, had no steps; it was very similar to the first bridge, though now it was supported on massive, thick, brick walls. The landscape was then changed so that pedestrians could now walk up the new embankments, built at either side to meet the bridge. Although the first bridge had a criss-cross design on its open-topped metal box frame, this one had a ‘V’ pattern, made of much heavier steel - and though no roof, the metal frame rose high above the pedestrians. It had very thick concrete slabs as a walkway and a few very low, wide steps on each side, before the bridge. Many children remember being on this bridge and the joy of being enveloped by steam from the old passing trains.
The present reinforced concrete bridge came ready-made, and was lifted into place by a crane, and placed upon its awaiting concrete pillar.
CAMPBELL STREET SOUTH: See Campbell Park Road.
A continuation of Campbell Street (north). It started on the south side of the Wooden Bridge, at Hedgeley Road, and ran up to Victoria Road East.
Before it was decided to build the Tyne vehicular tunnel at Jarrow - the Tyne Cyclist and Pedestrian Tunnel being a separate operation, opened in 1951 - Hebburn Council had put forward a proposal to have it built here. They had widened Campbell Park Road, on the other side of the Wooden Bridge, right up to Luke’s Lane, where they had planned for it to join Leam Lane, giving easy access to the Motorway. They had also planned to scrap the present Wooden Bridge: a steel and concrete construction, named after the wooden-built bridge that preceded it, and build a new, wider one, for both vehicles and pedestrians; and Campbell Street would have been the tunnel approach.
In 1850, Campbell Street South ran between two fields: ‘Wood Field’ on the west, occupied by Ann Glover, and ‘Plantation Field’ on the east, occupied by John Redhead - both leased from landowner Cuthbert Ellison. It then passed a wood: ‘High North Field’ on the east (part of Ellison Hall grounds), and came to a halt at the present Victoria Road East.
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