Sunderland Bridge Durham
New Years Eve 2014
An ancient bridge that spans the River Wear in Durham near Croxdale. This Sunderland Bridge has been superseded by the road bridge (Croxdale Bridge 1924) A167 Durham to Darlington Road to the east, and a railway viaduct (Croxdale Viaduct 1872) to the west upstream on the Wear
Sunderland Bridge was built in circa 14th Century (1300 hundreds). it consists of 4 stone arches and has had several upgrades over the centuries but now only allows local traffic, a Grade I listed building. It is a popular picnic area, and with walkers.
I had a poor light day when myself and my dad decided to pop out and catch the last couple of hours or so of the daylight on News Year Eve. No dramatic sunsets of the like to close 2014. It was quite grim, sad and looking dank. The river was flowing well over the stoney weir, just about right for a long exposure with the big stopper.
My dad remembers when his father used to bring him here for picnic many years ago. Just north of the River Wear from Croxdale is another river tributaries to the Wear is the Browney. This river flows through our village at Bearpark.
Croxdale and Bearpark, and as so many villages that surround Durham City have links to the mining industry, are but now a shadow of our past. The road and rail links were vital support network to the coal industry. Croxdale pit opened in 1845 and closed 25 years later.
Thanks for calling by my blog today,and happy new year to you 🙂