Humber Bridge joins Grimsby Dock Tower in historic local landmarks given Grade I listed status

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 17 Jul 2017

The Humber Bridge has been given Grade I listed status, joining a select group of historic local landmarks such as Grimsby Dock Tower.

The 7,283ft suspension bridge was officially opened by the Queen 36 years ago today, shortly after it welcomed its first traffic on June 24, 1981.

Historic England has granted the crossing Grade I listed status as one of nine structures in the Hull area to mark its City Of Culture year.

The city’s Tidal Surge Barrier and poet Philip Larkin’s home are among the other places to be listed.

Historic England said: "Hull has a proud story told through its historic buildings and places."

Work on the “formidable engineering feat” began in 1973, and it held the record of the world’s longest single-span suspension bridge for 16 years after its opening in 1981.

The Humber Bridge joins Grimsby Dock Tower in the small list of local buildings which are Grade I listed (Image: Bob Riach)

It remains in the top ten longest spans on the planet.

Historic England hailed the iconic bridge, which “despite its great size and strength has a simple elegance in harmony with the landscape”.

Grade I listed status is reserved solely for structures “of exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important”. Only 2.5 per cent of listed buildings are given this top ranking.

In North East Lincolnshire, aside from the Dock Tower, only 11 other buildings are Grade I listed. All of them are churches including Grimsby Minster, St Margaret’s, in Laceby, St Giles’, in Scartho, and St Andrew’s, in Immingham.

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