Bridges On The Coquet


There are few books about the Coquet, but one stands out, and that is Upper Coquetdale, by David Dippie Dixon. Originally published in 1903 and covering the Coquet form its source down to Rothbury it covers the geography, history, folklore and customs of that part of Coquetdale in an entertaining way and in great detail, and has been a valuable source of information for this website. Other books about the Coquet are harder to find. Heart Of Northumberland I bought aged 10 in Appleby's bookshop in Morpeth and it gives details of suggested walks around Rothbury as well as providing considerable information about the area. Pevsners' Buildings Of England volume for Northumberland gives details of several of the older bridges and the Companion Guide To Northumberland gives good general coverage of most parts of the Coquet.

However, the main source of reference was The River Bridges Of Northumberland volume covering the Coquet. This work seems to have been intended to cover all of Northumberland's rivers but only three rivers were completed, the other two being the Till and the Aln. Footbridges are usually not included but detailed information on the other bridges is given. As with the other rivers so far included in this website I believe that this is the only up to date comphrehensive exploration of the Coquet's bridges. All the bridges have been visited and photographed recently, though a few older pictures have been included where appropriate.


The River Bridges Of Northumberland. Volume 3. The Aln. - Tony Dickens.

An invaluable book covering all the main bridges on the river and with many photographs.

Upper Coquetdale. - David Dippie Dixon. 1903.

A highly informative account of the places and people of the valley.

Heart Of Northumberland - Jasper Salwey. 1949.

One of a series of footpath Guides from The Saint Catherine Press covering different areas of the British Isles and containing much information on Rothbury and the surrounding area.

The Buildings Of England - Northumberland. - Nikolaus Pevsner and Ian Richmond. 1992

This updated volume in the highly-regarded series gives much information on some of the bridges in its coverage of buildings of interest and importance in Northumberland.

Bob's Bridges - Robert Robson. 1998

A series of personal reminisences from a foreman bridge repairer and builder employed by Northumberland County Council covering all the rivers of the county and packed with interesting facts and photographs from his long and successful career.

Amble and District. - T.L. McAndrews. 1913.

The history, geology and botany of Amble; includes information on the harbour.

The Amble Branch. - Bartle Rippon. 2007.

A detailed study of Amble and its associated colliery railways and staiths.


Coquetdale Camera 1912 - 1937. The Photographs of W.P. Collier of Bellingham. - Selected by S. F. Owen. 2005.

Collier's photographs of Upper Coquetdale provide a pictorial record of the area before the war. With much information about the bridges.

Ports and Harbours of Northumberland. - Stafford Linsley. 2005.

A comprehensive study of all the County's ports and very useful for information on Amble and the Coquet Mouth.

The Ancient bridges of the North of England. - E. Jervoise. 1931.

Includes information on many of the bridges on north east rivers.

The Scottish Border and Northumberland. - John Talbot White. 1973.

Contains some information about the Coquet valley.

also consulted were:

The Bridges Of Northumberland and Durham. - Frank Graham. 1975.
North Eastern Branch Lines Since 1925. - K. Hoole. 1978.
The Companion Guide To Northumbria. - Edward Grierson. 1976.
The Companion Guide To The Coast Of North East England. - John Seymour. 1974
Various editions of the Ordnance Survey for Northumberland.
The County Records Office at Woodhorn.
Special thanks to Northumberland County Council Highways Division.
The public library in Gateshead.
The Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle upon Tyne.
The Resource Centre at Beamish Museum.
Various individuals from all of the afore-mentioned.

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