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
Bridge lengths given are extremely rough guesses.
Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings
Listed At: Category A
Historic Environment Scotland Number: LB15645
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
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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