This lattice girder sits next to a notable gate lodge with turret. The exact date of construction is not known. The bridge and lodge are part of the Ardverikie Estate.
Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings
Listed At: Category A
List Entry Number: LB6911
John Rhind, circa 1874-8. Rectangular gate lodge with turret. 2 storeys over raised basement. Projecting round stair turret at NE angle with bellcast conical slate roof. Coursed tooled grey granite, contrasting tooled ashlar dressings. Entrance in NW re-entrant formed by turret under slated canopy supported on elaborately carved wooden brackets on N with segmentally arched bench recess at centre. Plank door with decorative cast-iron hinges. Further entrance in raised basement on E elevation. Tripartite in raised ground floor, and bipartite in 1st floor of W gable (to driveway); 2-pane glazing. Off-set lancets encircle stair turret. Coped wallhead stack; slate roof with projecting eaves. Gate piers; pair tall square tooled grey granite ashlar piers rising from battered plinths; bracketted ashlar cornice with pyramid-finial caps. Pair case and wrought-iron carriage gates. Bridge; plain flat arched bridge supported by rubble end abutments; cast-iron lattice girder balustrade.
Statement of Special Interest
The lodge seems to have been built some time after the 1873-8 remodelling of the house but, with the bridge, was extant by the turn of the century. The stables and offices detached to the S of the house at NN5090 8725 were built after the construction of the bridge; prior to this horses and carriages were left at Cromra on the N shore of Loch Laggan, opposite Ardverikie, the final part of the journey being by boat. John Rhind died in 1889.
Information courtesy of Mr Chamler and Lady Feilden.
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