Grand Lottery for Sunderland Bridge,
Grand Lottery for Sunderland Bridge, , white metal medal, 1816, by T. Halliday, a view of the bridge with ships sailing below, rev. details of the lottery in ten lines, PRESENTED TO ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN THIS LOTTERY+ TO COMMEMORATE THE GRAND SUNDERLAND BRIDGE LOTTERY, & THE VERY ADVANTAGEOUS PRICES AT WHICH IS WAS SOLD TO THE PUBLIC BY I. SIVEWRIGHT, CONTRACTOR, 1816, 45 mm (BHM 929). Slight corrosion on the rim at 7 o'clock, otherwise good very fine and scarce. £Sold
When built, the bridge was originally named the Wearmouth Bridge and at the opening ceremony in 1796 50,000 people attended. It was later renamed the Grand Sunderland Bridge and in 1816 a lottery was held to pay for the original cost of about £26,000.
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