A wonderful feat of engineering genius

 
 
For a long time the Humber Estuary was a barrier to trade and development between the two banks and local interests campaigned for over 100 years for the construction of a bridge or tunnel. 
 
Hi my name is Phil Robinson
 
I am an Amateur Photographer, Local Historian ,Lover of Art and Architecture, I have found the internet a great release to my creativity. I hope that others enjoy, my Photos, Facts, Stories, History and Trivia.And a look at all the places i have visited over the last few years.I have lots of different sites on the web. Have a look you are welcome........... 
 
 
 
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I have always been interested in Photography, and fascinated  by some of the breathtaking  Buildings and architecture produced in this country.
 
On this site we take a look at the Humber Bridge.
 
 It is part of the A15 that forms the link between Barton-upon-Humber and Kingston upon Hull. 
 
 For 17 years the longest
 
 "Single Span Suspension Bridge in The World"
 
 
 The bridge is constantly moving. It bends more than three metres in the middle  and the towers bend inwardly at the top.
 
 Photo Phil Robinson 2010
 
 The Humber Bridge, which was completed in 1981, held the record for the longest span in the world.  It's record wasn't broken until 1998 when the Storebelt and the East Bridge, Denmark was completed.  with a main span length of 4,624 ft. 

The bridge towers are 36mm (1.4 inches) further apart at the top than the bottom to take account of the curvature of the earth.

 
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 It was a long time coming, but it is magnificent now it’s there. Longer than the famous Golden Gate Bridge which is the pride of San Francisco, the Humber Bridge links the North and South Banks of the Humber Estuary
 
   
Photo Phil Robinson 2010
This windmill was used to crush chalk from the quarry that now forms the  Humber Bridge Country Park.
 
 
  
 
  BARTON ANCHOR POINT
Photo Phil Robinson 2010

A total of 480,000 tonnes of concrete were used to build the bridge.

 

No prizes for guessing the speed limit on the bridge.  This is reduced when the weather is bad.  If the weather is really bad, the bridge may be closed to high-sided vehicles or closed completely.

The Bridge's official opening on 17th July 1981 when

H.M. the Queen performed the formal opening ceremony 
 
 
For more info go to 
 The Humber Bridge Web site 
 
 

 
 
 Waterside House Once a Public House 
and Stage coach pickup point.
 
Photo Phil Robinson 2010
 
 
 
Barton Cottages
Photo Phil Robinson 2010
 
Photo Montage of the Humber Bridge
 
 

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A ferry service existed in Roman times between Winteringham and Brough
 But Hull does not appear in the Domesday book?
 
The Barton Side of the Bridge Photo Phil Robinson 2010
The first cars drove over on 24 June 1981 
 
 like all my other sites is presented in a easy to understand
scrapbook type  format.
 
This site is all about the Humber Bridge
 
Facts, History,stories and Trivia.
 
 
 
Work on the bridge began in 1973 and it finally opened for traffic on the 24th June 1981.

 
The Hessel side
 A hard bed of chalk
Photo Phil Robinson 2010
 
The Humber bridge is accessible from both ends, probably more so on the North Bank as there is a country park surrounding it in Hessle.
  Photo Phil Robinson 2010
 
 

The anticipated lifespan of the bridge is 120 years.

 
The Barton side 500m from the shore. 
On soft alluvium and boulder clay, sand and gravel.
  Photo Phil Robinson 2010
 
 
 
 
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 People started talking about it in 1872, with various schemes for tunnels and bridges proposed over the years, but nothing ever came of them. In 1969 the government finally approved the funding, realizing that without it the area had no chance of developing.
 
  Photo Phil Robinson 2010
 

Before the bridge was built, the ferry trip across the Humber took 20 minutes dependant upon the weather and tide.

 
It’s an impressive structure, spanning just over 1400 meters, with concrete along weighing almost half-a-million tonnes. The fifty-millionth vehicle passed over the bridge in September 1993; however, the bridge hasn’t managed to pay for itself since opening .  Photo Phil Robinson 2010
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Barton  Estuary side
 

 Start of the Viking way old Coast Guard Station

 Photo Phil Robinson 2010