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Bridge of Ardittie

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Bridge of Ardittie
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From:  Methven
To:  Harrietfield
Highway Authority
Perth and Kinross
Opening Date
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Bridge Type:  Arch Bridge
Crossings related to the B8063
Looking across the new bridge

The Bridge of Ardittie crosses the River Almond at Millhaugh in lower Glen Almond, connecting the B8063 to the C409, although the road itself doesn't appear to be a C road. The current bridge is a metal truss structure carrying a narrow S2 roadway, which in reality is no longer wide enough for two cars to pass. There are also narrow pavements on either side, and rather incongrously the trusses meet curved stone wing walls at each corner.

Old Bridge

The unusual oculi

Of far more interest is the old bridge which stands a short distance down stream. This was built in 1786 and is a high single stone arch span with steeply ramped approaches. The arch is almost semi-circular, with a peaked triangular parapet profile above. Possibly due the river changing course over the years, the abutments now stand out into the river bed, with chamfered corners which rise up to parapet level, making the approaches somewhat wider than the roadway over the arch. The lower courses of the stonework are ashlar, but rubble rises above, with the arch ring in a contrasting colour (this may just be lichen, it is difficult to tell at the distance the bridge can be viewed from).

In the spandrels are hexagonal shaped blind oculi, although the stonework appears to be weathered almost to form a circular internal shape. Inside the chambers are what appear to be stacks of rubble forming pillars which must surely support the roadway above. It is a very unusual feature, and there is nothing easily found in the records to explain why or how! Today the bridge is not really accessible to the public. The southern approach has been claimed for the garden of the nearby house, and the northern approach is just in fields with sheep fanks making access to the bridge itself very difficult.

Bridge of Ardittie
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