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Shennanton, Old Bridge

Road Bridge (18th Century)

Site Name Shennanton, Old Bridge

Classification Road Bridge (18th Century)

Alternative Name(s) River Bladnoch

Canmore ID 62979

Site Number NX36SW 27

NGR NX 34355 63237

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Administrative Areas

  • Council Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish Kirkcowan
  • Former Region Dumfries And Galloway
  • Former District Wigtown
  • Former County Wigtownshire

Archaeology Notes

NX36SW 27 34353 63258

For (successor) New Bridge (NX 3433 6319), see NX36SW 14.

For present (Trunk Road) bridge (NX 34271 62976), see NX36SW 78.

Shennanton Bridge (Old) [NAT]

OS GIS epoch 3.

(Location cited as NX 344 633). Shennanton Bridge: traditional two-arched stone bridge dating from the late 18th century, which carried the Dumfries-Portpatrick turnpike over the River Bladnoch. Now by-passed.

I Donnachie 1971.

(Location cited as NX 343 633). Shennanton Bridge: probably late 18th century. A 2-span, segmental-arched rubble bridge, now bypassed and decaying.

J R Hume 1976.

The old Shennanton Bridge, although no longer in use, is still intact. A double arch bridge, its military origin is debateable, the OS sources disagreeing, with ES (January 1976) considering it not to have been of military construction, whereas the Field Inspector (July 1976) describes it as a military bridge. Described as 'very old' in 1838, it was replaced by a bridge (NX36SW 14) at NX 3433 6319 on the new road.

Information from OS (ES) 30 January 1976.

Visited by OS July 1976.

Site Management (1 September 2004)

2-arch bridge over River Bladnoch, currently in distressed condition. Rubble-built with dressed granite voussoirs and cutwater angles. V-cutwater buttresses flanked by segmental spans. Some of the downstream voussoirs have fallen. Parapet and carriageway removed and overgrown. Carriageway approximately 8 ft wide. (Historic Scotland)

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