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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
Entry Name: Queen Alexandra Bridge
Listing Date: 4 May 1984
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1207052
English Heritage Legacy ID: 391377
Location: Sunderland, SR5
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
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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