Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000020 - See Notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 94129 9606
394129, 809606


Richard Cementarius 1314-18, repaired circa 1444, largely rebuilt early 17th century, repaired William Smith 1861, repaired William Smith and John Willet circa 1877, approaches widened and buttressed 1912. Single span, steeply pitched, pointed arch, ashlar road bridge over River Don, with slightly corbelled parapets and narrow roadway.

Statement of Special Interest

B-Group with items 392-400 (Aberdeen Burgh). Also part of a separate B-Group with 2-20 Cottown of Balgownie (see separate listing).

The ancient Brig O'Balgownie was the only route into Aberdeen from the north until 1827. It was "Built by Richard Cementarius, the first provost of Aberdeen (also credited with building the keep at Drum, since the arch is said to be identical in profile to the upper vault of Drum Castle)" (Brogden). Costs were covered by the Bridge of Don Fund which also provided some £17,000 in 1827 to pay for the new bridge. In 1981 a plaque, detailing its history, was placed on the bridge.

Formerly listed at category A in Old Machar Parish (HBNum 15669) and in Aberdeen Burgh (HBNum 20067). Listing combined and description revised 2009.

Formerly scheduled (scheduled monument reference number 104). De-scheduled on 16 February 2009.

List description updated 2009.



Statistical Account. Ed Henry Hamilton The County of Aberdeen Third Statistical Account (1960), pp144-5. Nicol History of The Old Bridge of Don. Chapman and Riley pl5, p147. British Bridges (Public Works Congress) p432. W Brogden Aberdeen An Illustrated Architectural Guide (1998), pp178-9. [accessed 11.12.08]. [accessed 11.12.08].

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