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Gargunnock Footbridge

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at Gargunnock, west of Stirling

This bridge originally crossed Kelty Water a short distance south east of Gartmore (west of Stirling). It may have been built as early as 1826. It carried the A81, and was due to be scrapped in 1974, but its unusual design was recognised by the Central Regional Roads Dept., who saved the girders and re-used them for a footbridge alongside the road bridge in the village of Gargunnock.

Each of the two cast iron truss girders is cast in one piece, and has hollow circular top and bottom chord members. Between the chords are integral vertical ribs and X ribs of cruciform section. Bolted to the bottom chord is a series of cast iron boxes which presumably supported wooden cross members. The bridge now has a concrete deck. Span 28ft 9in.[1]

See CANMORE webpage for more information, map and photographs (Gargunnock Bridge) and [1] (Gartmore, Kelty Bridge).

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Sources of Information

  1. 'Civil Engineering Heritage - Scotland Lowlands and Borders' by Roland Paxton and Jim Shipway, RCAHMS/ICE/Thomas Telford