Ettrick Bridge (Lindean)
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Ettrick or Lindean Bridge carried the A7 across the River Ettrick until 1974, when the new Tweed Bridge was built a mile or so to the north. This took the A7 across the Tweed downstream of the confluence with the Ettrick, rather than Upstream and so removed the need to cross the Ettrick separately.
The bridge was built by the same mason as the old Tweed Bridge in c1831, and so the detailing is very similar. The bridge itself consists of 3 spans across the river, with two piers set in the riverbed, while the Tweed Bridge only uses 2 spans across the Tweed. However for some reason, the southern arch is slightly smaller, and less decorated than the northern two.
The arch rings are all decorated by means of alternating the stones between yellow and red stone, set against the grey rubble of the main structure. Above the two northern arches, four raised shields sit in the spandrels, and between them the cutwaters rise as shallow ashlar piers with additional decoration as they reach the cornice line and coping stones.