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Re: Archaeological dig in Gateshead
Carol, from the west, the first bridge is just after the town of Haydon Bridge (west of Hexham). This bridge crosses the River South Tyne before it joins with the North Tyne to form the union of the River Tyne. After that there is somewhere between 22 and 26 bridges before the last bridge which is the Millennium Bridge at Gateshead. Most of us know the names of the bridges between Gateshead and Newcastle but there are many, many more. I can't name them - there are too many to remember out of my head. However, there used to be another Roman Bridge near Corbridge. This bridge was part of the Roman road from York to Hadrian's wall and Dere street beyond. The bridge crossed the Core Burn about half mile west of the present bridge at Corbridge which is a 16-17th century structure. The huge original stones used in this bridge can be seen at the riverside. Until recently they were visible in the water where they had lain since Roman times. Recently, some bright spark thought it would be better to pull them out of the river. This has lost the whole effect of seeing them as they had been for hundreds of years.
The Tyne has changed its route many times - particularly in the Corbridge area making a bridge over the Cor unnecessary.
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