A watercolour showing the several bridges over the River Tyne between Newcastle Upon Tyne and Gateshead.
First is the High Level Bridge opened by Queen Victoria in 1849, comprising two levels – one for road traffic and the top for trains.
Next is the Swing Bridge, opened in 1876; this is a road bridge swinging through ninety degrees to let large ships pass.
Then the single span Tyne Bridge, a road bridge, opened by King George V in 1928.
Finally, you can just see the Millenium Bridge opened in 2001 by Queen Elizabeth ll. This last bridge, for pedestrians, pivots on an axis and is often called ‘the blinking eye bridge’.