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Blackwater Bridge (Cabrach)

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Blackwater Bridge
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From:  Bridgend
To:  Cabrach
Highway Authority
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Arch Bridge
On road(s)
Crossings related to the A941
This article is about Blackwater Bridge on the A941 near Cabrach, Banffshire.
For Other Blackwater Bridges, see Blackwater Bridge

Blackwater Bridge

Blackwater Bridge carries the A941 across the Blackwater a short distance above its confluence with the River Deveron in the Cabrach district of southern Banffshire. It is an old plain rubble stone arch bridge which has clearly seen many repairs over the years, with a number of tie bars drilled through the structure to hold it together, and numerous repairs to the parapets, presumably from multiple crashes. The single track roadway is humped over the arch, a profile which is mirrored in the parapets. The parapets are slightly splayed at each corner, but each one looks different, and with the obvious changes and repairs, it is difficult to know what the original design may have been.

The current condition of the bridge makes it very difficult to date. Some elements of the design suggest influence from Thomas Telford's bridges built for his commission on Highland Roads and Bridges, however, there is insufficient evidence to suggest it is one of the commissions bridges, and so it more likely post dates Telford's work, possibly dating from the 1820s or 1830s.

Blackwater Bridge (Cabrach)
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