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Bridge of Kings Ford

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Bridge of Kings Ford
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From:  Bridgend
To:  Cabrach
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Bridge Type:  Arch Bridge
On road(s)
Crossings related to the A941
Bridge of Kings Ford

The Bridge of Kings Ford carries the A941 across the River Deveron in the Cabrach district of southern Banffshire. The bridge is a very plain concrete arch bridge, faced in rubble stonework and with the arch ring almost white compared to the grey stonework above. The design suggests that it dates from the 1950s, but there seems to be little information available on the structure. It carries a narrow S2 roadway between narrow narrow pavements, with rubble parapets topped with flat concrete coping stones. The parapets and abutments splay out at each corner, but this is the only slight relief to what is a very plain structure. The road has a sharp right-hand turn on the west bank, which has seen the hillside excavated a little to provide enough room for large vehicles to turn, but it quickly narrows down to the north.

The bridge obviously sits on an old crossing point, although the full relevance of the name 'King's Ford' is uncertain, there was clearly a ford here long before there was a bridge. Maps from the late 19th Century show a bridge on the current site, although clearly not the current structure, and also note 'King's Ford (disused)' a short distance up stream from the bridge. Ariel Photography suggests an old road line on the west bank leading to a possible ford site a little further up stream again, but there is no corresponding evidence on the east bank, so this may be natural rather than the old road line.

Bridge of Kings Ford
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