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Whitby has many tourist attractions and one of them is really a practical item and that is its swing bridge which takes you from the west to the east side of the town.
On August 8th 2009 Whitby celebrated its bridge centenary, with a fine turnout of people and the Lord Mayors of Whitby and Scarborough attending.
If you look at some of the old original pictures of the opening ceremony of the bridge 100 years earlier, it looked very similar with the crowds of people all attending, except their clothes looked different. There were two special centenary plaques placed at either end of the bridge, featuring three paintings by John Freeman, Whitby’s local artist. The actual birthday of the bridge was 23 August but it would have clashed with Folk week and the regatta celebrations.
In the very distant past it was probably stepping stones, or just people wading across the River Esk, but obviously as the town grew it became more important to have a more reliable and practical way of crossing.
Almost certainly there has been a bridge of some kind in the same location for centuries, with the early designs being very basic affairs made of wood, there is evidence of a bridge being mentioned in a will in 1327.
If you move ahead in time to 1813 there was the very first plan for a replacement of the then decrypted drawbridge, drawn up by a gentleman called James Peacock.
But it was not until 1832 that the county council in Northallerton produced an order for a new bridge to be built, with work on the bridge started the following year with initially the demolition of the old drawbridge.
In June 1834 the foundations of a new bridge started by a company commissioned to do the work from Keighley called Hirman Craven and Sons, on a design by Francis Pickernell, who resided in Whitby and was an engineer who had worked on many projects in the town involving the harbour. It is thought that the cost of building the bridge was somewhere in the region of £10,000 bracket, with the grand opening of being on 27 March 1835.
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