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(September, 2004)

Keith Wilson

Southgate Footbridge

John Wilson

Royal Border Bridge

Berwick-upon-Tweed, UK

11:26 UTC 19 September 2004

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Designed by Robert Stephenson, this magnificent 28 arch viaduct spans the tidal estuary of the River Tweed between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Tweedmouth, two and a half miles south of the England-Scotland border. The bridge carries the main Inter-City East Coast rail line between Edinburgh and London. One of the finest railway viaducts in the world, it was built in three years between 1847 and 1850 and opened by Queen Victoria. The bridge contains 1,710,000 bricks, is 2,160 feet long, and stands 126 feet above water level.

Berwick-upon-Tweed passed between English and Scottish rule many times between 1147 (when the River Tweed was made the Scottish boundary) and 1482, when King Edward IV claimed the town for England.

The other two bridges which can be seen in the distance downstream are The Old Bridge and The Royal Tweed Bridge. The Old Bridge, also known as Berwick Bridge dates from 1611 and is of red sandstone construction with 14 arches. The Royal Tweed Bridge is the most recent. Built in 1925, it carries the old main road through Berwick-upon-Tweed, although a more modern road now bypasses the town to the west.

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