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Fochabers Bridge

Old Spey Bridge

Fochabers Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 14, 2018

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Inchberry Road (Former A96) Over River Spey
Fochabers: Moray, Scotland: United Kingdom
Structure Type
Metal (Cast Iron) Hingeless Deck Arch, Fixed and Approach Spans: Stone Segmental Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1854 By Builder/Contractor: James Hoby and Company
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
185.0 Feet (56.4 Meters)
Structure Length
370.0 Feet (112.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This large and impressive 1854 cast iron arch bridge utilized existing stone arch spans from an 1804 bridge. The 1804 bridge's main spans had been destroyed by flooding. This bridge has been bypassed by a new road bridge. It is speculated that Thomas Telford may have been involved with the design of the 1804 bridge.

Bridge lengths given are extremely rough guesses.

Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings

Listed At: Category A


Historic Environment Scotland Number: LB15645

Canmore ID: 16899

Site Number:

Thomas Telford, 1801-6, George Burn, contractor; repairs after flood damage, 1831-2, Archibald Simpson; reconstruction of W arch, 1852. 3-span bridge consisting of 2 channelled ashlar arch rings (1801-6, 73', 95' wide) at W. Widened deck and modern metal balustrade. Tooled ashlar cutwaters; blind oculus in spandrel of masonry sections.

Statement of Special Interest
Designed and executed 1801-6 as 4-span ashlar masonry bridge; 1829 flood demolished 2 W arches which were replaced by wooden span designed by A Simpson and subsequently reconstructed in cast-iron. Bridge now by-passed. River Spey forms boundary between Bellie and Speymouth parishes.

Information From Moray:
Iron bridge crossing the River Spey, which forms the boundary between Bellie and Speymouth parishes. It was built between 1801 and 1804 by George Burn as a 4-span ashlar masonry bridge. The 1829 flood demolished two West arches, which were replaced by a wooden span designed by Archibald Simpson in 1831-2, and subsequently reconstructed in cast-iron by James Hoby and Co. in 1853. It is now a 3-span bridge with two masonry arches and a 3-rib cast-iron arch, all segmental. The masonry spans have dressed stone arch rings, rubble spandrels with blind occuli and bracketed iron footpaths. The deck has been widened and there is a modern metal balustrade, and the bridge is now by passed. It is also known as the Old Spay Bridge. There is a tollhouse (NJ35NW0016) at the North-West end of the bridge.


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