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Queen Alexandra Bridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Southwick, Sunderland

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Latitude: 54.9138 / 54°54'49"N

Longitude: -1.4059 / 1°24'21"W

OS Eastings: 438182

OS Northings: 557842

OS Grid: NZ381578

Mapcode National: GBR V83.LJ

Mapcode Global: WHD55.CRRB

Plus Code: 9C6WWH7V+GJ

Entry Name: Queen Alexandra Bridge

Listing Date: 4 May 1984

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1207052

English Heritage Legacy ID: 391377

Location: Southwick, Sunderland, SR5

County: Sunderland

Electoral Ward/Division: Southwick

Built-Up Area: Sunderland

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: North Wearside

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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NZ3857 A 1231
920-1/10/3 Queen Alexandra Bridge


Double deck road/rail bridge, with approach rail viaduct to N,
over River Wear. 1907-9. Designed by Charles A Harrison. For
the North Eastern Railway and Sunderland Corporation.
Approaches (completed 1907) built by Mitchell Bros. of
Glasgow; bridge built by Sir William Arroll & Co. Principal
materials are Norwegian rock-faced granite footings, abutments
and piers; Dumfries red sandstone approach viaduct; steel
superstructure. Box-girder construction of close-set lattice
work. Main river span is hog-back, 330 feet long; land spans,
one to S and 2 to N, 200 feet long. Rail deck carried on cross
girders riveted to steel columns and tied longitudinally at
road level by 4-feet-high lattice girders which act as
handrails to footpaths, and at rail level by both longitudinal
and overhead transverse girders. 5 arches, one blocked,
survive of the approach rail viaduct to the N.
The last train to cross the bridge was in 1921; the railway
tracks were removed before World War II. Having been built for
coal traffic, the metal spans are believed to be of the
heaviest construction in the country.
(Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers: paper 3824:
Buscarlet and Hunter: The Queen Alexandra Bridge over the
River Wear, Sunderland: 1910-: 59).

Listing NGR: NZ3818257842

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