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Footbridge Over Upper Lake, Duthie Park, Aberdeen

A Category B Listed Building in Aberdeen, Aberdeen

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Latitude: 57.1291 / 57°7'44"N

Longitude: -2.1054 / 2°6'19"W

OS Eastings: 393718

OS Northings: 804243

OS Grid: NJ937042

Mapcode National: GBR SBF.P8

Mapcode Global: WH9QX.M2NM

Plus Code: 9C9V4VHV+JR

Entry Name: Footbridge Over Upper Lake, Duthie Park, Aberdeen

Listing Name: Duthie Park, Footbridge over Upper Lake

Listing Date: 29 February 2000

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394136

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46780

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Aberdeen

County: Aberdeen

Town: Aberdeen

Electoral Ward: Kincorth/Nigg/Cove

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Circa 1883. 3-span, flat-arched bridge over Upper Lake. Rough-faced battered grey Aberdeen-bond piers rising through parapet, supporting cast-iron arches; decorative ironwork brackets and parapet railings, Lion Rampant to centre of N and S parapets; gently spayed wing walls.

Statement of Interest

B-Group with Duthie Park Bandstand, Bowling Pavilion, East Lodge, Gates, Gatepiers and Boundary Walls, Fountain, Fountainhall Cistern House, Gordon Highlanders Celtic Memorial, Gordon Highlanders Obelisk Memorial, Hygeia Statue, McGrigor Obelisk, Taylor Well, and Temperance Drinking Fountain (see separate listings). The site of the Duthie Park was originally a marshy piece of land covered in gorse (or whin, hence the nearby "Whinhill Road), it was known as Pulmoor, now "Polmuir". In 1850 Arthurseat (the villa on the site) and its surrounding land was intended to be developed as a Royal Garden to view the trains crossing the new viaduct to and from London via Ferryhill. However, in 1881 Miss Charlotte Duthie of Ruthrieston purchased the site and gifted it to the City of Aberdeen for a public park. It was decided it should be "available for all classes of citizens, that it should have a broad expanse of grassy sward upon which the young might indulge in innocent frolic and play..." (Duthie Park, p37). The park was designed by William R McKelvie of Dundee, and the first sod, of the 47 acres of land, was cut on the 27th of August 1881, the park being officially opened in 1883. The decorative cast-iron foot bridge was part of the original design for the Duthie Park, appearing on the early concept plans, and surviving largely intact.

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