Opening of Haven Bridge: 21st October, 1930

Photographs of the opening of the Haven Bridge

By Oliver Cruickshank

Local people crowded onto the quaysides and even the rooftops of near by buildings to witness the opening of the Haven Bridge by HRH Prince of Wales on 21st October 1930.

A plaque commemorating the event can still be seen on the bridge today.

Photo:Opening of the Haven Bridge on the 21st October, by HRH Prince of Wales

Opening of the Haven Bridge on the 21st October, by HRH Prince of Wales

Great Yarmouth Port Authority

Photo:Opening of Haven Bridge

Opening of Haven Bridge

Great Yarmouth Port Authority

Photo:Opening of Haven Bridge

Opening of Haven Bridge

Great Yarmouth Port Authority

Photo:Plaque on Haven Bridge

Plaque on Haven Bridge

Great Yarmouth Port Authority

This page was added by Oliver Cruickshank on 08/05/2007.
Comments about this page

1930! by carumba
Has anyone got a drawing, or can anyone describe the mechanics of the bridge? Is it original 1930's mechanics? (i doubt it)
-Great pictures

By frank
On 18/06/2007

I was present at the opening of the new Haven Bridge,we were taken, the whole class from Rampart Road School and given paper flags to wave. I was five years old.

By william robert victor nicholls
On 26/02/2008

I was three months old when the bridge was opened and my mother told me that she took me in the pram to watch the opening and she was near to the front. I do not know if we were on the Yarmouth side or Gorleston. Mind you,my mother lived in the Gorleston high Street so possibly we were on the Gorleston side.

By Ivor Steadman
On 12/05/2008

I was present on the Yarmouth side of the bridge and lined up with the Priory School aged 7 years.

By Roy Edmonds
On 15/08/2008

My Mum, Rose Lark, told me as a child that she held one end of the ribbon. She would have been 12 at the time and was in a children's home on North Quay. She has just passed away at the age of 91and I am trying to find out some details of her childhood.

By Margaret Holmes
On 13/10/2009

This link http://www.ourgreatyarmouth.org.uk/page_id__567.aspx includes this Pathe News clip of HRH Prince of Wales opening the Haven Bridge ie cutting the ribbon http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=21325 Duncan Kirkwood

By Duncan Kirkwood
On 28/01/2011

My father worked with compressed air putting the footings down on this bridge.

By margaret churchill
On 19/04/2011

My Dad, Kenneth Magnus worked for Chadwicks the photographers in Great Yarmouth & took official photos of the bridge & the working machinery in 1930, I've never seen them, but would like to, anybody any ideas?

By Trevor Magnus
On 05/08/2011

Re Frank's 2007 post, the drawings are in GT Yarmouth Library.The mechanism incorporates a geared arc at the bottom of the leaves which allows the leaves to retract into the piers.            I believe that the original motors are still in use.

By Alan Barker
On 11/08/2011

I worked on this bridge for a number of years and left to work on the new Breydon Bridge in 1995. When I left the Haven Bridge most of the mechanism for raising and lowering of this bridge were original and looked like a museum.

By Michael Simmons
On 12/07/2012

Trevor Magnus is correct. The British Photographic Corporation took the official photos of the construction of the bridge. One of the directors of BPC was Cyril Chadwick. A print of the exterior of the bridge came up for sale on a well known Internet auction site recently.

By Paul Godfrey
On 25/09/2016

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