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Whorlton Suspension Bridge

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Showing how the hangers are connected to the short chain links
Saddle at top of tower
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Showing the stirrups at the bottom of the hangers, supporting the wooden deck beams

Crosses the River Tees at Whorlton, near Greta Bridge, County Durham.

Completed in 1831. Designed by John Green. It is claimed to be the oldest suspension bridge in Britain which relies on its original chains.
Note 1: The older Union Chain Bridge has its original chains, but these are backed up by a separate system of cables and hangers which come into play in the event of failure of the original system.
Note 2: The recently reconstructed Berwyn Chain Bridge has older wrought iron chains, but a number of new chains have been incorporated during the rebuild.

Geograph entries here and here

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