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Date Added
Local Authority
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NT 32372 67136
332372, 667136


James Jardine, 1829-31. Railway bridge, on N-S axis.

Single span with semicircular arch. Channelled bull-faced ashlar. Smooth ashlar channelled voussoirs. Railway track removed.

Statement of Special Interest

Glenesk Viaduct (also known as Glen Arch) spans River North Esk. It

was built for the Edinburgh & Dalkeith Railway. It was later widened by the addition of steel walkways, and a steel frame inserted in the arch in 1968 to secure it against possible mining subsidence. The line was closed in 1969. The steel work was removed during a programme of consolidation completed in 1993. The view formerly held that the bridge was an 1847 replacement of an earlier timber structure has been dscredited by

Mr Paxton's research, which identified it as one of the earliest major railway bridges in Scotland. Upgraded B to A January 1994.



Roland A Paxton, EDINBURGH & DALKEITH RAILWAY: Glenesk Bridge poalken (Officina 1993).

About Listed Buildings

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We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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