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Abbey Bridge (Paisley)

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Abbey Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
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From:  Gordon Street
To:  Cotton Street
Paisley Town Centre
Highway Authority
Opening Date
1879, 1933
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Girder Bridge
Crossings related to the A726

Abbey Bridge carries Bridge Street over the White Cart Water in the centre of Paisley, very close to the Abbey, hence the name. It was built in 1879 and widened in 1933, at which time, and for many years thereafter it carried the A726. The widening allowed for four lanes of traffic to cross the river, and then split either side of the Abbey to reach Gauze Street, one of Paisley's main shopping Streets. It wasn't until the early 1970s that the relief road and new Hammills Bridge was completed, allowing traffic to be removed from the Abbey precinct. Since then the bridge has been relined with two lanes and parking on either side between the bus stop and zebra crossing.

The bridge is a twin span girder type bridge with a stone pier in the riverbed. The abutments also stand proud of the riverbanks, particularly at high tide or when the river is in spate. All of these stone sections rise up to the top of the parapets, with iron lamps sitting on top. The parapets between are ornamental iron balustrades, with each section having an arched central panel carrying the Corporation of Paisley coat of arms on a gold background. The central stone piers bear inscriptions, with other date plaques on the northern end of the bridge. The outside of the bridge also features read and gold paintwork and the coats of arms, with gold panels on the girders supporting the bridge deck.

Abbey Bridge (Paisley)
Crossings of the Black Cart, White Cart & Tributaries
Black CartLochall Bridge • Garthland Bridge • Over Johnstone Bridge • Linwood Bridge • Barnsford Bridge • Inchinnan Bridge
White CartKirkland Bridge (Eaglesham) • Hole Ford • Waterfoot Bridge • Busby Bridge • New Bridge (Cathcart) • Shaw Bridge • Pollockshaws Bridge • Corkerhill Bridge • Howford Bridge (Crookston) • Hawkhead Bridge • Hammills Bridge • Abbey Bridge (Paisley) • Abercorn Bridge • White Cart Bridge
River GryfePacemuir Bridge • Milton Bridge (Kilmacolm) • Stepends Bridge • Polmillan Bridge • Craigends Bridge • Bridge of Weir • Crosslee Bridge
Other tributariesSpiers Bridge

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