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- Category: A
- Date Added: 14/12/1970
- Local Authority: Edinburgh
- Planning Authority: Edinburgh
- Burgh: Edinburgh
National Grid Reference
- NGRNT 17950 75466
- Coordinates317950, 675466
Late 15th, early 16th century bridge; rebuilt 1617 - 19; repaired 1687 - 91 (Robert Mylne); 1761; 1776; 1854. Coursed yellow sandstone; moulded ashlar coping; random rubble sandstone to flanking walls.
3 shallow pointed arches; voussoir surrounds above centre and E; projecting, chamfered string course stepped up over arches; curved abutments to E; single weephole to W. Pyramidal caps to cut-waters on intermediate piers (sloped tabling to NW pier). Splayed W arch comprising 3 chamfered soffit ribs; remaining (later) arches without ribs.
Statement of Special Interest
By 1607, this late 15th, early 16th century bridge was ruinous and unpassable. Thus, the granting of a Scottish Act of Parliament that same year determining its rebuilding. The dates of this and successive repairs are inscribed in the N face of the S wall. The NSA draws comparison between the older, groined W arch and those of the Bothwell Bridge over the South Esk. On the outer side of the W parapet is inscribed the date "1619", the tails of the "6" and "9" being "absolutely unique in Midlothian" (G Fothergill).
Scheduled Ancient Monument.
NEW STATISTICAL ACCOUNT OF SCOTLAND: EDINBURGH (1845) p601; J Grant, OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH (1882) vol III, p314-320 (illustrations p315 and 316); Ordnance Survey map, 1895; Dr G Fothergill, STONES AND CURIOSITIES OF EDINBURGH AND NEIGHBOURHOOD, 1910); INVENTORY OF MONUMENTS IN THE COUNTIES OF MIDLOTHIAN AND WEST LOTHIAN, (1929), RCAHMS, p38; E MacRae, THE HERITAGE OF GREATER EDINBURGH (1947);
J Hume THE INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY OF SCOTLAND (1976) vol 1, p185; Gifford, McWilliam and Walker, EDINBURGH (1984) p548; M Cant, VILLAGES OF EDINBURGH (1986) p46; CRAMOND: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE LIFE OF THE VILLAGE AND PARISH THROUGHOUT THE CENTURIES (1989) p21 and 48; J Wood, THE ANTIENT AND MODERN STATE OF THE PARISH OF CRAMOND (reprinted 1994) p62.
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