11 thoughts on “Fussik Bridge, Norton c2005

  1. A bomb was dropped very close to this bridge one Saturday night during the War. I can remember going to see it on the Sunday morning having walked form Oxbridge. A couple of houses were bombed nearby on the Blue Hall Easte. Possible fatalities.


    • I don’t know for sure, but is it too much of a coincidence that the “Fossick and Hackworth” company were associated with this railway. Their works, building locomotives and carriages, were at the Stockton end of this stretch of railway (on Norton Road, later Blairs then Hills). One of the company founders, George Fossick, lived at Mount Pleasant, just a stone’s throw from the railway, the works and the bridge. In 1844 they obtained a contract for haulage of the Stockton and Hartlepool Railway and the Clarence Railway and they retained this until 1855

      Could “Fussik” be a derived from “Fossick”, combined with the local nickname for the bridge Fuzzy/Fuzzie?


  2. Care needed here in the days before the Stockton Ring Road was built c1965. As can be seen bridge very narrow, had a few narrow escapes on my bike. There were around three under bridges originally on the stretch of railway line up to Norton Junction, originally probably for farm access. One was replaced on the site of the present ‘blue bridge’, the other, further up, was also filled in, some time before 2005.


  3. I don’t know how many time’s I walked under this bridge when Ragworth was first built, I used to go and see my lovely aunty Lizzie (Evans) she lived at 56 Doncaster Crescent, how many kids all grown up today remember going into her house to watch TV, no one was turned away.
    All the best.


  4. I remember Fussik Bridge very well in my youth. What exactly does “filled in” mean? I hope the bridge has not been lost, it must have been Listed. Perhaps Robert can tell me?


        • Could be my relatives were part of the team who built this bridge and other work in the area. They originated from Aycliffe Village near Darlington and moved into Norton in the later 1700’s. They were classed as masons (probably as today’s Bricklayers). They came working on the railway building stations, bridges and other bricklaying jobs. In fact my ggg/grandfather was killed by a train up near to the old Norton Junction.


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