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BRIDGE OF ALVAHLB2883

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
22/02/1972
Local Authority
Aberdeenshire
Planning Authority
Aberdeenshire
Parish
Alvah
NGR
NJ 68020 61067
Coordinates
368020, 861067

Description

1768; built 1771-3, designed by Duke of Fife, possibly with Thomas Reid, and James Robertson, mason. Single span, segmentally arched bridge over gorge of River Deveron, incorporating small room in W abutment. Sneck-harled, random rubble with ashlar coped parapet; splayed at abutments. Mural room with pointed arched openings; doorway to N, window to S, pointed barrel-vault and fireplace to interior.

Statement of Special Interest

Part of the picturesque landscape at Duff House, The Bridge of Alvah was begun in 1771. Although Thomas White drew up a landscape design for Duff House, it is possible that Thomas Reid, landscape gardener from Banff, may have been involved with the design; he had the nursery at Colleonard to the W, and was working at Duff at the time, building the bridge at Bauchlaw in 1770. Letters in the Montcoffer Papers, currently being re-catalogued by Aberdeen University Library, ask the

Earl of Fife for additional directions about the room in the bridge

which, according to local tradition was built for the Earl to entertain local girls. Rails were put on the bridge in 1773; they do not appear on Cordiner's gouache of 1795, but are shown on Purser's drawing. The Gothick summerhouse on the hill to the NW of the Bridge is now Craig Cottage, listed separately. Other items in this important landscape; the Fishing Temple and the Temple of Doune by William Adam, the Mausoleum and Craig Cottage are listed separately in Alvah Parish and Banff and Macduff Burghs.

References

Bibliography

MONTCOFFER PAPERS, Aberdeen University Library; Plans of Bridge, Accounts and Letters relating to Buildings, 1768; A/32(1)/4/1, A/82(1)/1/3/1. T Cordiner, "View of The Bridge of Alvah" (1795) (gouache), illustrated in: A A Tait THE LANDSCAPE GARDEN IN SCOTLAND

(1980) p71. W Purser, "The Bridge of Alvah", (circa 1800) (drawing), and engraving by R Brandard, in NMRS. D Souter, GENERAL VIEW OR AGRICULTURE IN BANFFSHIRE, (1812) p82.

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