Back to the bridges of Barney

Back to the bridges of Barney

Elijah Yeoman's Victorian picture of the Tees Viaduct

Just about the same view today. Picture posed by model

The extraordinary view from the townside to the westside abutment

First published in Features The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Editor

I DRAGGED my family out to look at the east bank of the Tees Viaduct at Barnard Castle at the weekend. After last weekend's excitement of seeing the west abutment, you can tell from the picture that there was unbounded excitement all round.

Elijah Yeoman took the old picture of the Tees Viaduct which appeared - wrongly captioned - in Echo Memories recently. The steps are part of a woodland walk that was laid out in the 19th Century to encourage people in poorer housing to get some exercise. They are eroded and wonky today, and proved good exercise for grandma as she climbed up to go underneath the viaduct abutment.

As I said in the previous post, it is an astonishing feat of construction, and the view from the top is utterly awesome.

I've just been sent a photograph taken from the centre of the viaduct before its demolition in the 1970s, and it is enough to give you vertigo. I'll try and get it up on here as a pre-cursor to doing another article in the paper.

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