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Latitude: 57.1432 / 57°8'35"N
Longitude: -2.1352 / 2°8'6"W
OS Eastings: 391915
OS Northings: 805815
OS Grid: NJ919058
Mapcode National: GBR S66.3Z
Mapcode Global: WH9QQ.5QHB
Plus Code: 9C9V4VV7+7W
Entry Name: Spademill Bridge, Rubislaw Den, Aberdeen
Listing Name: 4 and 6 Rubislaw Den South (Rear Of), Spademill Bridge over North Burn of Rubislaw
Listing Date: 17 June 1992
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 355977
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB20796
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
Late 18th-early 19th century, widened in late 19th century. Round-arched bridge over North Burn of Rubislaw. Coursed granite rubble with brick core. Low parapet; splayed wing walls.
The name Spademill originates from the days when spades were manufactured near here for the turning of barley in the Glenburn Whisky Distillery. The bridge itself is a rare survival from the late 18th/early 19th century, predating the purchase and redevelopment of the Rubislaw Estate (which once surrounded it) in 1877 by the City of Aberdeen Land Association. The bridge may originally have been a pack-horse bridge, and was probably widened circa 1880-1900 when the area was redeveloped.
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