Londonderry Bridge, Durham Road c2016

As part of the Lustrum Beck flood alleviation project the demolition of Stockton’s oldest bridge, Londonderry Bridge on Durham Road, Stockton is well underway. The existing bridge has been replaced with a single span structure which will allow water to flow more freely and reducing the risk of flooding in the area. Completion is scheduled for winter 2016/17.

Photographs taken by Tony Flynn, during March, July and November 2016.

7 thoughts on “Londonderry Bridge, Durham Road c2016

  1. Remember the cobblers by the bridge opposite the fish shop. Was it called Marley’s? Then Brian Reed had it as a gent’s hairdressers for many years in the 1960s and 70s. In the 50s and into the 70s Mrs Whitehead (Cissie) had the fish shop across the road, known as ‘the hut’. Superb fish and chips and proper fish cakes with a slice of cod between the potato. Mary and May were the fish fryers.


  2. Londonderry Bridge is new to me as well Colin we played on the tip and sledged on the tip when the snow was very heavy in the 1947 year. I can remember as a kid one of our gang went into the fish and chip shop and asked the boss have you any fish cakes left and he replied yes we have loads left, to which the cheeky reply was you should not have made so many then. we thought it a great joke then but it sounds rather tame on reflection. I suppose it was next to Londonderry Road why it got its name..


      • The tip Jon was between the fish shop and the railway bridge near the Gas Works. The tip seemed to be the remains if some sort of slag. I imagine that there may have been some Industrial work with a furnace carried out in the area and the slag was what was left . The Tip we sledged on was not very high but sufficient to allow us to sledge. Just behind the Tip between the Tip and the Black Path was the Piggery, and what stink came from there. I can still smell it when I think about it…


    • All three bridges across Lustring (Lustrum) beck are on the 1899 map.
      Browns Bridge, Londonderry Bridge and Norton Bridge. Primrose Hill had a Manor but the rest was allotments no roads. Was it once part of Lord Londonderry’s Manor possibly, I do not know although as a lad the Londonderry’s appeared to have a lot of influence in the area.
      There was housing along Norton Road and a few up to Mount Pleasant Wind Mill, that housing could have been for the Clarence potteries, the Danby Road area being some of the first Council Housing built in the twenty’s.
      Those Bridges would be on Toll roads or Green lanes to Durham and beyond so could well have been built well before the map shows them.
      Stockton reference Library have many maps older than mine so they may be able to tell us when they were built, or if they were once just fording places.


    • The road name may of been influenced by the bridge, as the bridge predates the road. Perhaps the Londonderry’s of Wynyard sponsored the bridge? as it would be on the route from Stockton to the Wynyard estate. Did the other roads in the area may of then followed the theme as a few seem to have names related to United Kingdom titles (viscount, earl etc) e.g. Castlereagh, Dundas, Zetland, Lambton?


  3. How well I remember this. Never knew it was called Londonderry Bridge. Spent my childhood here & playing on the tip. Catching tiddlers in the beck. Shop on the left was a cobblers in those days, with Joe Walton’s Fish & Chips across the road ‘three peneth of chips with scraps’ was the order of the day


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