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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
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 334075
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB3095
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Banchory and Mid Deeside
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
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.
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.