Leven Bridge Revisited

t14658 t14659I strolled down to Leven Bridge to retake the photograph as requested by one of your contributors, I also photographed the ‘Cross Keys’ as was, it is now a house, the two buildings to the right of the ‘Cross Keys’ are also homes and the rightmost building is an estate agents.

As you can see the shot was taken from a similar position as the original but I was unable to get to the exact place as there is now a fenced off area with young trees growing there, the trees and bushes along side the weir have grown up in the last 60 years and it is nigh on impossible to get a view of the river or the houses on the other bank, also, the river authority have fenced off the weir on both sides of the river and there is no access to the riverside at all, the field on the other side of the bridge has no sheds or railway carriages but is otherwise very much the same. The wood and wire fence that had the bike leaning against it is still there, the fence that is not the bike! The fence is in such a rickety condition it may well be the same one as in the original photograph.

Photographs and details courtesy of Bruce Coleman.

6 thoughts on “Leven Bridge Revisited

  1. In May 1970 I was the driver of a Saladin Armoured Car aged 17 3 month this was my very 1st day driving on public roads. I caught the bridge wall and ended up in the garden of Mill cottage. Would there be any pictures of this accident in the local paper archives many thanks Dave Drummond

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  2. What hath progress, mother nature, neglect done in combination? Many thanks for following up and committing this new photograph to the archive. No blame is cast upon you, Mr. Photographer but I enjoyed the earlier views by far – must be something to do with the dimming of the mind’s eye?

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  3. On leaving the pub car park at Leven it was a very tight right hand turn to go over the bridge. Because of this the brewery drays were not allowed to turn right for fear of causing an accident. About 20 years ago one driver ignored this ruling and in doing so he did cause a nasty accident. A chap I knew from work came over the bridge from the Yarm side and drove straight into the side of the dray.

    He and his passengers were quite badly knocked about and the last I heard litigation was in the offing.

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  4. Thank you for the photo’s, as a young lad we would cycle there from Norton, walk along the river, picnic swim then cycle home tired but happy. In wartime and after beaches were still closed often mined so it was inland for our explorations and Leven was a wonderful place to spend the day.

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