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Sandsend East Row Bridge Disaster 1910

East Row road bridge was obviously demolished by serious flooding 20th May 1910. The present day road bridge continues to be a problem for modern road traffic, despite the addition of an adjacent footbridge. The modern weather conditions have obviously been experienced before, as our image clearly shows. Richard Fox has advised the Archive; the Whitby Gazette on 24th May 2010 to comemmorate this event presented the original commentary to a photograph of the disaster: “A severe storm on 20 May 1910 reduced the East Row Bridge to rubble as the beck became a raging torrent that tore up trees from Mulgrave Woods and hurled them into a bridge. East Row Bridge was built from 1778-1780 to a design by John Carr. Some commentators have suggested the pillars were undermined by the spate but it was the large amount of wood that effectively blocked the arches and caused a dam behind the bridge that caused it to break. It was this blocking of the small arches that prompted the design of a single arch that could not be blocked by tree debris. The previous wooden bridge at East Row was dismantled in 1777 and moved to Raithwaite”.

 
Image courtesy of Joyce Dobson and Keith Bowers, thanks to Richard Fox for directing the Archive to the Whitby Gazettes excellent article.

Sandsend and Kettleness Nab

Sandsend and Kettleness Nab

A Frith postcard view dating from pre 1926 (postmarked 25th May 1926) of Sandsend. It clearly shows the railway only divided from the main road by a wooden board wall. In the foreground is the house ’Sandhills’ which was for some time recently a restaurant but is now returned to a private residence.
Image courtesy of John Hannah.

Rough Sea

Rough Sea

The final postcard in our series, with a very apt title viewing the former Sandsend Hotel (now apartments) which enjoy breath taking views of the sea. Possibly a bit too breath taking when the sea is breaking over the roadway!

Sandsend (and the Railway Station)

Sandsend (and the Railway Station)

The Alum house can be seen clearly through the pillars of the viaduct connecting to the station.

East Row (and the Hart Inn)

East Row (and the Hart Inn)

This view over East Row beck obviously with a low tide and low water levels in the stream. Must have been a dry summer?

The Sands

The Sands

Donkey rides obviously featured as part of the regular Sandsend beach scene. Today they are a fast vanishing past-time for beach users. Perhaps the horseman is seeking direction?

Sandsend from the beach

Sandsend from the beach

Again a very quiet beach scene, with bathing tents rather than the normal huts. Possibly early 20th century, biut if anybody can advise we will amend.

East Row from the beach

East Row from the beach

With at least one bathing hut in this view we have an indication that it probably dates from late 19th century. A calm day even the reflections of the model sailing boats are clear seen.

East Row

East Row

The horse and cart in the middle of this view give a telling indication of the quietness of the scene presented. No vehicles rushing to get over the bridge as can be seen today.

Sandsend from Lythe Bank

Sandsend from Lythe Bank

The view from above Sandsend railway station shows clearly the Sandsend Hotel in the centre; whilst beyond can be seen the road and rail track proceeding towards Whitby.