Open Bridges: Scale Lane Bridge

Scale Lane is the latest bridge to span the river and connect the city. It became the focus of a number of events during Hull’s City of Culture year: used as a musical instrument for Playing the Bridge –  an artistic commission and performance devised by bridge architect Jonathan McDowell and composer Nye Parry who are both Gamelan players – it was coordinated here by Hull Gamelan’s Laurence Rugg. It was followed by artist Madi Boyd’s sound and light installation in Scale Lane Bridge later that year.

Being involved in Playing the Bridge and Scale Lane also a part of Open Bridges as well as the venue for the exhibition, we’ve got to know it well. Here’s a gallery of photographs taken from all of those events – both of and from the bridge.  

Visit the River Full Of Stories memory page here for more stories, films and photographs.

Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard

Open Bridges made history when for the first time all 13 of the bridges over the River Hull in the UK’s City of Culture 2017 raised, swung or closed simultaneously splitting the city of Hull in two at 20:17 hours on 22nd September 2017.  Historic vessels sailed down the River to be met by 21st century tugs.

Open Bridges is an independent not for profit Hull/East Yorkshire based project.


5 thoughts on “Open Bridges: Scale Lane Bridge

  1. This is a wonderful project and I would like to thank you so very much for sharing the stories, the sounds and the pictures.

    I know this is about the bridges over the River Hull but I wonder if you know how many tributaries there are running into the River Hull from the Holderness Plain?


  2. Hi Yvonne, this is really interesting, we can start with the major ones and give it a try and if anyone else wants to add anything and fill in the gaps that would be great! Clockwise from the south west and the Roman spring that once fed Spring Bank; the Cottingham Drain that ran across Goddard Ave (now Jack Kaye Walk) and down Queens Road and through Sculcoates to join the Beverley and Barmston Drain that originates on the east coast; then the River Hull with it’s tributaries at Beverley (Beck), Aike, Southburn, Kirkburn, West Beck at Little Driffield from the springs at Elmswell, then Driffield Beck to the North. East of Driffield is the spring that feeds Nafferton Beck from the mere that runs to Wansford, then Kilham Springs that run into Great Kelk and then Frodingham Beck. Frodingham Beck is also fed by Old Howe from the east and fed by Skipsea Beck. Holderness Drain drains Holderness and the Foredyke Stream from Meaux that once joined the River Hull at North Bridge is now diverted into Holderness Drain. Anyone that can add anything else would be most welcome, links ideas etc etc R&L


    1. Whow! You certainly know your river – and not just its bridges. Thanks so much for all that information. I look forward to seeing if anyone can add to that seemingly comprehensive list.

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      1. The Beverley and Skidby Drain which was filled in circa. 1962 crossed Fountain Road just a few yards east of where the Beverley and Barmston does now, ran alongside the south side of Fountain Road for a couple of hundred yards and emptied into the River Hull just about opposite where Fountain Road joins Wincolmlee.

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