We are delighted to announce the publication of the long-awaited book on Samuel Brown and Union Chain Bridge by one of our Patrons, Gordon Miller and his long-time friend and colleague Stephen K Jones. At 300 pages and with 135 photographs, drawings and facsimile documents, including three colour plates, the book’s chapters cover an historical introduction, Samuel Brown’s naval career and engineering enterprises, the need for the Union Bridge and the reason for suspension, the proposed and final designs, contract and completion, the Grand Opening, and the continuing story of the Bridge from 1820 to its last major restoration in the 1970s; concluding with a fascinating chapter on the Chainworks of Brown Lenox and an Epilogue covering the efforts of the local community to have the Bridge fully repaired and restored before its bicentenary.

Samuel Brown and Union Chain Bridge costs £17.50 – discounted to £15 for Friends of the Union Chain Bridge; (postage £3.50) and an order form can be downloaded here:

Samuel Brown and Union Chain Bridge order

Our descriptive leaflet on the Bridge and Samuel Brown is available free of charge; please just send  a stamped self-addressed DL envelope to the address below; and we’ll also include an informative leaflet by the Institution of Chartered Engineers, on Historic Border Bridges, which would act a guide for a  short Bridges Trail  from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Coldstream.

We also have good quality A5 full-colour cards of Alexander Nasmyth’s painting of the Union Chain Bridge (the original is on view in Paxton House) which is available from the address below.  Please send your name,  address and 4 2nd class stamps.

The Friends of the Union Chain Bridge, Chain Bridge House, Horncliffe, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 2XT