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Wednesday header of 'Spuggies Bridge'
Posted by Norman Dunn on October 6, 2021, 8:22:11
This photo is of the bridge nicknamed Spuggies Bridge, probably because at one time, little sparrows (which were common years ago) nested underneath it . The bridge is still there but no sparrows anymore. The view is looking north.
I wonder if I'm the only one but as a young kid growing up I always called it spookies Bridge possibility because it was so dark and scary..only later did I know it as spuggies Bridge..whatever it's name its in desperate need of repair and resurfacing ..its a nightmare to drive over..
When I was a young train spotter in the 1940s and 50s, that bridge had no name. We went to the little hump-backed bridge on Mill Lane which we knew as Spuggies Bridge. It was at the other side of the Coke Ovens. I remember tearing up the High Road and along Mill Lane after school at the Newtown, to catch the half past four *namer*
Every time Spuggies Bridge is mentioned on the Pictorial Hebburn Facebook group it always sparks off a lengthy "spuggies" vs. "spookies" discussion. So glad that everyone seems to be in agreement on the name here!