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Strathdon, Poldullie Bridge

Road Bridge (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Strathdon, Poldullie Bridge

Classification Road Bridge (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) River Don

Canmore ID 119990

Site Number NJ31SW 14

NGR NJ 34853 12509

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Aberdeenshire
  • Parish Strathdon
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District Gordon
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

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Poldullie Bridge, 1715. Crosses the dark, winding Don by a single 70ft rubble span of considerable grace. Over the

southern keystone is a tablet inscribed 'John Forbes / of /Inverernan /1715'. Long approach on west side.

Taken from "Aberdeenshire: Donside and Strathbogie - An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Ian Shepherd, 2006. Published by the Rutland Press

Archaeology Notes

NJ31SW 14 34853 12509

Poldullie Bridge [NAT]

OS 1:10,000 map, 1975.

For adjacent tollhouse, see NJ31SW 15.

(Location cited as NJ 349 124). Built 1715 by John Forbes of Inverernan. A single rectangular rubble arch, with steeply-humped carriageway.

J R Hume 1977.

This bridge carries an unclassified public road over the River Don, crossing the moderately steep-sided valley from WNW to ESE at an altitude of abut 290m OD.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 2 June 1999.

NMRS, MS/712/43.

This high, single-arched stone bridge carries a narrow, metalled road over the point where the River Don sweeps through a narrow rocky gorge, about 160m SSW of Strathdon School (NJ31SW 131). It is built of roughly dressed stonework. Ramps approach the bridge at an angle from both sides, and this is reflected in the line of the parapets, which take the form of a reverse-S on plan. The bridge and its approaches measure 37.5m in length overall, while the road that it carries is 2.8m wide between the parapets. The parapets increase in height towards the crest of the arch, where they are 0.3m in thickness and 1.1m in height. At the apex of the bridge there is a rectangular tablet of polished grey granite set flush with the inner stonework of the NE parapet. Its bears the following inscription in small Roman nielloed capitals: 'John Forbes | of Inverernan | 1715'.

Visited by RCAHMS (ATW), 11 November 1999.


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