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Edinchip Footbridge over Former Callander and Oban Railway

A Category B Listed Building in Balquhidder, Stirling

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.3737 / 56°22'25"N

Longitude: -4.3057 / 4°18'20"W

OS Eastings: 257696

OS Northings: 722539

OS Grid: NN576225

Mapcode National: GBR 0X.2JNW

Mapcode Global: WH3LQ.T2V6

Entry Name: Edinchip Footbridge over Former Callander and Oban Railway

Listing Date: 24 January 1997

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 390559

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB43905

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Balquhidder

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Trossachs and Teith

Parish: Balquhidder

Traditional County: Perthshire

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Description

Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority

Blyth and Westland, circa 1870. Arched cast-iron pedestrian bridge with bull-faced rubble abutment piers. Diminishing circular detailing to spandrel brackets. Railings with rounded openings; handrail. Timber deck. Excellent cast-iron bridge by an important firm of engineers.

Statement of Interest

Situated to the N of Edinchip House. The Callander and Oban Railway was built in the late 1860s, and opened in 1870. It ran across the Edinchip estate, dividing the house from part of its garden and the hills behind. This footbridge was built by the railway company to link the two parts of the property.

The small-scale 1st edition OS map marks this bridge as a suspension bridge. The surveying work for the 1st edition OS map, which was published in 1867, was carried out in 1862, 3 years before the railway received its Act of Parliament. The large-scale 1st edition map does not show the railway at all, so it seems likely that the railway was added to the small-scale map shortly before publication, and when construction of the railway was at an early stage. It is extremely unlikely that there was ever a suspension bridge here.

The previous list description mentions the Blyth and Blyth drawings in the National Archives, but it has not been possible to identify these on the NAS catalogue.

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