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Dalkeith Park, Montagu Bridge Including Cauld

A Category A Listed Building in Dalkeith, Midlothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9016 / 55°54'5"N

Longitude: -3.0673 / 3°4'2"W

OS Eastings: 333363

OS Northings: 668120

OS Grid: NT333681

Mapcode National: GBR 7006.Q9

Mapcode Global: WH6SV.VXKN

Entry Name: Dalkeith Park, Montagu Bridge Including Cauld

Listing Date: 22 January 1971

Last Amended: 21 June 2000

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 332034

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB1440

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dalkeith

County: Midlothian

Electoral Ward: Dalkeith

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

Robert Adam, 1792. Striking classical vehicle bridge, on E-W axis. Single span with semicircular arch. Droved ashlar. Piers advanced from abutments, with deep niches, and moulded rectangular panels above, containing waved relief and floreate motif. Parapet raised over piers and at centre. Dentilled cornice and frieze of circular motifs in moulded panels below parapet. Moulded archivolt. Barrel-vaulted pend to E. Barrel-vaulted chamber to SE. Cast-iron spearhead railings to approaches.

Buttressed rubble wall and steps to embankment to NW.

CAULD: low man-made weir stretching width of River North Esk.

Statement of Interest

Montagu Bridge crosses River North Esk. James Adam completed the bridge on the death of Robert Adam. A Group - see DALKEITH PARK. The cauld, shown in the Soane Museum drawings, formed an integral part of the design, heightening the picturesque effect of the bridge in the landscape. Upstream, the cauld produces a calm and tranquil effect, reflecting the bridge in the water. Viewed from downstream, the bridge is seen against the noisy tumult of white water. These contrasting views are important to the original conception of the bridge as an ordered classical structure in a "wild" and romantic setting.

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