Friday, 11 December 2009

Northbridge, Long Gully Bridge

The Long Gully Bridge is a sandstone and concrete arch bridge in the northern suburbs. The original suspension bridge was constructed in 1892 by a team of land developers and known as the North Sydney Bridge. The engineer responsible for the construction in the Federation Gothic style bridge with medieval motifs as embellishments, was J.E. Coyle. A tramway was extended over the bridge in 1914 but most land development came much later. The bridge was poorly maintained and needed to be replaced by a concrete arch span in 1939. The sandstone towers that were considered a landmark and tourist attraction were retained. The bridge carries Miller Street over a gully from Cammeray to Northbridge, the suburb named for its location north of this bridge. This view is from the Northbridge end, back towards Cammeray.

68 comments:

  1. I love this bridge.
    Have a great weekend.

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  2. It looks so Medieval! I'm surprised to see this near Sidney. ;-)

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  3. Beautiful architecture and intriguing history. Lovely shot.

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  4. Wow! I like passing thru old bridges it makes me turn back in time.

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  5. Terrific bridge!
    Nice weekend to you:)

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  6. Indeed, I have travelled over this bridge each time I visit my uncle who moved to Northbridge in 1964. It is a joy to come down Miller Street and see this spread before me. I never tire of the incongruity.

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  7. ........this bridge seems coming out of a fairytale..so lovely!!
    thanks so much for leaving your nice comment on my tuscany!!
    have a great weekend!
    ciao elvira

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  8. Sydney is so fascinating city!
    Your blog has impressed me!.
    Thanks for your sweet comments .
    They are highly appreciated.
    :)

    PS.Come back soon!

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  9. There seems to be a lot of bridges on Skywatch today. Yours is one of my favorites.

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  10. What a lovely bridge and a great way to frame that beautiful blue sky!

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  11. lovely shot of the bridge and sky! happy friday!

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  12. Fantastic photo! I love the design of the bridge.

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  13. Interesting bridge.

    Thanks for visiting my blog

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  14. Glad the towers were kept, they are indeed wonderful.

    Catching up on your posts and love the Muddy Creeks boats shot.

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  15. What a magnificent bridge! Wonderful history! And what beautiful skies! Fantastic capture! You got it all in one today!

    Have a great weekend!

    Sylvia

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  16. That is an interesting bridge. Very fanciful.

    Thanks for visiting.

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  17. Nice shot of this gorgeous bridge. I love bridges and their history...this one is a beauty.

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  18. Fantastic arch looks great against the blue sky!

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  19. I agree with EG Tour Guide's comment. I wasnt expecting this type of architectural design in Sidney, but what a surprise.

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  20. Great shot of a beautiful sky and bridge.

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  21. Beautiful shot. I love the architectural design of the bridge.

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  22. Love the photo, but I really love reading some facts about Sydney, too. Thank you for sharing.

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  23. what a beautiful shot......lot warmer with you than with me..........

    Gill in Canada

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  24. That's a fascinating bridge. I was wondering about the towers, and then I read you explanation. Thanks!

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  25. I really like the look of the arches against that beautiful sky! I'm glad they were preserved.

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  26. What a lovely bridge. And blue sky..I like your photo. Have a nice friday.

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  27. Interesting towers and beautiful blue sky!

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  28. Wow. That's is an awesome bridge - quite unlike anything else I've seen in Australia.

    Great shot too.

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  29. Beautiful. The arch of the bridge is magnificent.

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  30. J Bar: You certainly do a great job in capturing your bridges, this one is so neat.

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  31. Looks like a fairytale bridge !!! Nice capture. Thank you for your comments. Have a nice SWF

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  32. Caught up on your posts. Really like Newtown. best of all. I'd be happy living in some old warehouse.. The bridge with its towers lke a medieval castle is really cool.

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  33. Well by golly, that's one spectacular bridge/gate!

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  34. Wow love the bridge. Its unique architectural designs are so amazing. Have a nice weekend.

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  35. great composition - the towers/gates are really lovely, glad they were preserved.

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  36. Cool bridge. I'm glad the towers were retained and the character they bring to what might have been just another ordinary bridge.

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  37. So summer perfect! One of the beauties that time couldn't wear out. Happy weekend!

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  38. I love the fact that they kept the towers when the bridge was converted. A wonderful mixture of old and new. I especially like the medieval influence.
    Beautiful shot!

    Thanks for you visit to my rainbow!

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  39. That's a fantastic bridge - it looks like something from medieval England!
    Melbourne Daily Photo

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  40. It is very medieval isnt it, thanks for sharing with sky watch friday.

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  41. I was a bit surpised by the style the bridge is build in but your explanation helped. Thanks!

    Terrence looks at the sky

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  42. I like the architecture of this building. Excellent. Have a great weekend Jim!!!
    Sydney Harbour Events

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  43. Those arches invite travellers to pass through them - wonderful!

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  44. Great to see that old bridge with the clear blue sky in the background.

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  45. Lovely photo of interesting structure.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  46. I love the character of older architecture. Really stunning!

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  47. This is a wonderful view of the bridge and its architecture.

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  48. your sky is blue, mine is dark grey. It is not fair. :(

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  49. Very gothic. Thanks for another interesting post.

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  50. Great bridge, I'm so glad they kept the towers.

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  51. I've always called it the Suspension Bridge. Dates me, I'm sure.

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  52. I also like the bridge. Agree with the other posts about the sky - it is blue. Is it true that the bridge brings you back in time like it did for Julie's uncle in 1964

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  53. Kudos to J.E. Coyle for this wonderful architectural masterpiece. I particularly like that it was built with blue skies, it really makes it pop.
    I love that it reminds me of a simpler medieval time. Only last week I travelled back in time to the middle ages and was chatting to some local peasants about what they would hope bridges would be like in the 21st century - this bridge is exactly what they described. If only they could see it... they would be so impressed!

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  54. I love this bridge. Another group of people that should be congratulated are the 'unsung heroes' - the engineers. A fascinating aspect of the bridge is just how high it is - it is 67metres above the park - quite a drop! Thanks again for a great post. How lovely that there are other people with similar interests.

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