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Potarch Bridge, over River Dee

A Category A Listed Building in Birse, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.0652 / 57°3'54"N

Longitude: -2.6487 / 2°38'55"W

OS Eastings: 360759

OS Northings: 797312

OS Grid: NO607973

Mapcode National: GBR WX.8SY6

Mapcode Global: WH8PQ.8PY4

Entry Name: Potarch Bridge, over River Dee

Listing Date: 16 April 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 334075

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB3095

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Birse

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Banchory and Mid Deeside

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Kincardine O ľNeil

Description

Thomas Telford, 1811-1813. 3-span segmental-arched bridge over River Dee. Tooled, coursed granite with finely finished arch rings and piers. Triangular cut-waters extended up forming 4 half-hexagonal refuges to each parapet; coped parapet; sharply splayed wing walls.

Statement of Interest

Attempts to collect money to build a bridge on the site of Potarch Bridge began in 1698, however it was not until the 19th century that the Parish of Birse was finally linked to North Deeside, and the Deeside turnpike road to Aberdeen. Indeed the OSA points out that "...in no place is a bridge so much wanted, nor could one be built that would accommodate this parish, and the public in general so much as at Pot-arch, over the Dee" (OSA, p123). The bridge was funded partly by the Government, but mainly by the Inneses of Balnacraig and Ballogie. Despite flood damage to the bridge in the course of building and shortly afterwards the bridge survives in exceptionally fine condition. Its length is 200 feet, the largest span is 70 feet, flanked to left and right by 2 65 feet arches. Fairs used to be held near the bridge, however the market stance is now unused. Part in Kincardine O'Neil Parish. Change of Category B to A, 9 June 1994.

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