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Portland Street Suspension Bridge, River Clyde, South Portland Street, Glasgow

A Category A Listed Building in Glasgow, Glasgow

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Latitude: 55.855 / 55°51'18"N

Longitude: -4.2555 / 4°15'19"W

OS Eastings: 258907

OS Northings: 664723

OS Grid: NS589647

Mapcode National: GBR 0LN.FW

Mapcode Global: WH3P8.L3R9

Plus Code: 9C7QVP4V+2Q

Entry Name: Portland Street Suspension Bridge, River Clyde, South Portland Street, Glasgow

Listing Name: Clyde Street and South Portland Street, Suspension Bridge

Listing Date: 6 July 1966

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 375523

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB32668

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Glasgow

County: Glasgow

Town: Glasgow

Electoral Ward: Anderston/City/Yorkhill

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

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Alexander Kirkland, architect. George Martin, engineer.
1851-3. Rebuilt in 1851 to replace an early 19th-century
timber footbridge, wrought-ironwork rebuilt 1871 by Bell
and Miller to reduce the camber and increase the dip by 7'.
Suspension bridge over River Clyde with single span of
Pylons are classical triumphal archways composed of fluted
Ionic columns in antis flanked by Doric pilasters (paired
Doric pilasters to bridge face) in polished honey coloured
sandstone, central arch with moulded archivolt and
keystone. These support entablature with deep plain
frieze and cornice with blocking course. The chains break
through the frieze. The deck is made of wrought-iron
lattice girders and suspended on two pairs of 4 and 5 bar
flat link chains. The walkway is tarmacadamed. The
parapet is of thin latticework wrought-iron. The bridge
retains some of its original cast-iron lampbrackets.

Statement of Interest

A group with Victoria, Albert Union Railway, King George V and Jamaica bridges.

Originally a halfpenny was charged to pedestrians.

In 1926 girders, suspenders and floor were replaced in steel.

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