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Southease Swing Bridge

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The 2010 turntable
Square-ended shaft of pinion used to swing bridge
Fixed span
Fixed span
Cast iron supports for fixed and moving span
A plethora of unused lugs. Were the columns intended for a pier?
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Crosses the River Ouse berween Lewes and Newhaven in East Sussex.

Now used by walkers and authorised light traffic.

Designed in 1878 by Henry E. Wallis of Westminster, and constructed by Shaw & Co. Opened in 1880.

The tender obtained by H. E. Wallis, from 'a firm in Staffordshire', was for a bridge capable of carrying traction engines up to 20 tons.[1]

For a detailed account of the bridge, its history and its location, see British Listed Buildings website entry [2]

The bridge had been scheduled for scrapping and replacement, but fortunately campaigning resulted in it being saved and restored, the work being completed in 2010. The extensive renovation work included renewal of the turntable, new castings and other parts being made by Fowler and Holden of Grimsby. Video of production of new turntable castings here.

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Sources of Information

  1. Sussex Advertiser - Saturday 12 April 1879
  2. [1] British Listed Buildings website: Swing Bridge over River Ouse]