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Community Lecture: The Wearmouth Bridge

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Sir Tome Cowie Campus

How the novel construction came to be on the “bucket list” of contemporary travellers.

The first Wearmouth Bridge at Sunderland was the second iron bridge in the world, and much more ambitious than that at Ironbridge. It was soon added to the “bucket list” of contemporary travellers. This talk will explore the background to the building of the bridge, describe its novel construction and outline the intriguing controversy about who was responsible for the design.

Stuart Miller, guest lecturer, was a lecturer in history and Head of the Continuing Education Unit at the University of Sunderland and later worked as a WEA course organiser on Tyneside. He still teaches for the WEA. He has published text books on British and European history, various books and articles on aspects of local history and several books of walks in Northumberland and Durham.