stories and illustration

Union Chain Bridge

union chain bridge

I was asked by Heather from the Chainbridge Honey Farm to produce a design to publicise the project to save, maintain and repair this famous bridge which spans River Tweed between England and Scotland. Some information about the Union Chain Bridge, and about the project to save it, I have copied from websites and set out below. The design will be used in puiblicity, and also possibly on cards. The swans and the salmon are always with us. The bear, partly derived from the “Ber” in Berwick (he is on the coat of arms, but really the derivation is from the word for “barley”), is really my bear from Bear in a Boat in the Borders, and he is included in the design by kind invitation of Heather from the Chain Bridge Honey Farm.

From the website

The Union Chain Bridge spans the River Tweed between Horncliffe, Northumberland, England and Fishwick, Borders, Scotland. It was designed by Captain (later Sir) Samuel Brown RN, who held patents for the design of the chains, although Brown altered the tower and abutments on the suggestion of John Rennie. When it opened in 1820 it was the longest wrought iron suspension bridge in the world with a span of 137 metres (449 ft), and the first vehicular bridge of its type in the United Kingdom. It cost £7,700 to construct and pre-dates the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Menai Bridge, which are of similar design . Today it continues to carry traffic, and visitors can enjoy pleasant walks along the river bank. Just up the hill from the Union Chain Bridge on the English side is the Chain Bridge Honey Farm, where there is situated a permanent exhibition on chain suspension bridges. Downstream on the Scottish side is Paxton House, where visitors can see Alexander Naysmith’s depiction of Union Chain Bridge, painted before its actual completion. The OS reference for the Union Chain Bridge is NT933510.

From the website :

November 12, 2014 - Posted by | Illustration, Photography, Uncategorized | , , , , ,


  1. Beautiful design Cara – there is so much meaning in this piece. They’ll love it.


    Comment by Mary | November 13, 2014 | Reply

    • Thanks, Mary. It was quite a pleasure to do, and I hope will give a small boost to the good work that is being done, and which will be done, to maintain this important and much-loved bridge, which is really an historic landmark and should be regarded as such by everyone.


      Comment by Cara Lockhart Smith | November 14, 2014 | Reply

  2. Beautiful design Cara – there is so much meaning in this piece. They’ll love it.


    Comment by Mary | November 13, 2014 | Reply

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