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Group Category Details
100000019 - A
Date Added
Last Date Amended
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 33363 68120
333363, 668120


Robert Adam, 1792. Striking classical vehicle bridge, on E-W axis. Single span with semicircular arch. Droved ashlar. Piers advanced from abutments, with deep niches, and moulded rectangular panels above, containing waved relief and floreate motif. Parapet raised over piers and at centre. Dentilled cornice and frieze of circular motifs in moulded panels below parapet. Moulded archivolt. Barrel-vaulted pend to E. Barrel-vaulted chamber to SE. Cast-iron spearhead railings to approaches.

Buttressed rubble wall and steps to embankment to NW.

CAULD: low man-made weir stretching width of River North Esk.

Statement of Special Interest

Montagu Bridge crosses River North Esk. James Adam completed the bridge on the death of Robert Adam. A Group - see DALKEITH PARK. The cauld, shown in the Soane Museum drawings, formed an integral part of the design, heightening the picturesque effect of the bridge in the landscape. Upstream, the cauld produces a calm and tranquil effect, reflecting the bridge in the water. Viewed from downstream, the bridge is seen against the noisy tumult of white water. These contrasting views are important to the original conception of the bridge as an ordered classical structure in a "wild" and romantic setting.



Soane Museum Adam Drawings, Volume 34, Nos 110 and 112, copy at NMRS. Old Statistical Account (1794) p 26. T Ruddock Arch Bridges and their Builders 1735-1835 (1979) p 117. C McWilliam Lothian (1980) p 161. A T Bolton The Architecture of Robert and James Adam (1984).

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