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The Union Chain Bridge

Prior to 1820, the only crossing point of the Tweed in the locality was by ford. When opened, the Union Chain Bridge saved a detour of over 10 miles to the next nearest vehicle crossing in Berwick.

The Union Chain Bridge majestically spans the River Tweed connecting the parishes of Horncliffe in England, and Hutton in Scotland. Designed by an entrepreneurial naval officer, Captain Samuel Brown, 200 years ago, the Category A/Grade I Listed Union Chain Bridge was the first chain suspension bridge in Europe to carry wheeled traffic and remains the oldest still in use worldwide.

The manufacturing and engineering techniques employed on the Bridge were hugely influential in the global development of suspension bridges. Sitting four miles upstream from Berwick-upon-Tweed, the structure remains very much as it was when it was first completed. It contains the earliest and only remaining examples of Samuel Brown’s patented eye-bar wrought iron chains. The Scottish pylon is also the oldest standing road suspension bridge masonry pylon in the world.