Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
Crathie And Braemar
National Park
NO 26210 94923
326210, 794923


Isambard Kingdom Brunel, engineer 1856-8. R Brotherhood, Chippenham, Wilts, ironfounder. Dated 1856. Single span wrought iron plate girder bridge with regularly pierced iron-plate parapets and distinctive visible riveting. Coursed rock-faced granite abutments with capped square granite piers and curved granite approach walls.

Statement of Special Interest

This is possibly the earliest plate-girder bridge in Scotland and was designed by the distinguished engineer I. K. Brunel, who described it as 'built on the principle of the Tubular Bridge over the Menai Strait'. A plaque on the parapet is inscribed 'R Brotherhood Chippenham Wiltshire'.

The bridge was built under an Act of Parliament to give access to Balmoral Castle after the Royal family closed the nearby Crathie Suspension Bridge, (see separate listing) which was felt not to be sufficiently robust for vehicular traffic.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-59), was a leading, innovative Victorian engineer. As chief engineer to the Great Western Railway in 1833, he was involved in a number of projects including railway tracks and tunnels, as well as bridges and ships. His works include the Clifton Suspension Bridge of 1831-59 and the Saltash Bridge, Devon (1857-59)

Change of Category from B to A, (13th May 1994).



1st Edition Ordnance Survey Map (1866). The Builder (1856) Vol XV p352. G M Fraser, The Old Deeside Road (1921) p203. Aberdeen Journal 2 September 1857, 15 September 1858. A Buchanan & S Jones 'The Balmoral Bridge of I K Brunel', IAR (1980), Vol 3. A Placzek (ed.) Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects Vol I, (1982), p302. G D Hay & G P Stell, Monuments of Industry (1986), pf208.

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