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Newcastle upon Tyne in Northumberland, England, United Kingdom
 

Turning Bridge

 
 
Turning Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 21, 2018
1. Turning Bridge Marker
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Turning Bridge
In medieval times the bridge over the Castle's moat would have been a type of drawbridge called a ‘turning bridge’. The bridge could be raised or lowered quickly to allow or prevent access to the Castle gate.

It worked by pivoting in the centre like a see-saw, using a system of chains and counterweights to raise and lower the bridge. If you look under the wooden bridge you can see the gaps beneath the Black Gate into which the bridge would have pivoted.

( photo caption )
The Black Gate in 1835 – by this time the moat had been filled in and the barbican had changed from a fortified gateway into a domestic dwelling.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1835.
 
Location. 54° 58.159′ N, 1° 36.657′ W. Marker is in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, in Northumberland. Marker is at the intersection of St. Nicholas Street and The Black Gate, on the right when traveling north on St. Nicholas Street. Located at Newcastle Castle. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newcastle upon Tyne, England NE1 1RQ, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
The Turning Bridge, replaced by a wooden walkway. image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 21, 2018
2. The Turning Bridge, replaced by a wooden walkway.
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within walking distance of this marker. The Black Gate (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Black Gate (here, next to this marker); The Barbican (a few steps from this marker); St. Nicholas Cathedral (a few steps from this marker); William Heron (a few steps from this marker); The Heron Pit (a few steps from this marker); Medieval Castle (a few steps from this marker); Norman Castle (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newcastle upon Tyne.
 
Also see . . .  Newcastle Castle. (Submitted on November 23, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
The Black Gate Barbican image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 21, 2018
3. The Black Gate Barbican
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 23, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.

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