MHG4465 - Sluggan Bridge over River Dulnain


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  • BRIDGE (Post Medieval - 1560 AD to 1900 AD)

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Sluggan Bridge [NAT] OS 1:10,000 map, 1982

The bridge was Scheduled in 1958.

Giant semi-circular arch of c. 75' span. Long approaches and steep roadway. No parapets. 18th century, replacing previous Wade 2-arch bridge destroyed by flood.
SDD List, 1964.

The bridge was listed at Category A in 1971.

This bridge has a span of 19.5 yds (17.8m) and a rise of half that above flat ground on both sides. It is approximately 14 ft (4.3m) wide, without its parapets, and is built of coursed rubble with thin slab voussoirs; the long wing walls on the N side join the spanderls with a clearly visible join. The bridge cannot be precisely dated. It is not that built by Wade (although on the line of his road), and has probably been rebuilt and patched several times. It is variously said to have been rebuilt after the 1829 floods, to have been left undamaged by the same floods, and to have been abandoned between 1798 and 1813 when the road was realigned by the Parliamentary Commissioners; this latter seems most probable.
G Nelson 1990.

This bridge carries the (former) line of the military road from Dunkeld to Inverness (Lin 501) across the River Dulnain, within the parish of Duthil and Rothiemurchus.
Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 20 March 1997.

1999 Architects report in Assoc Docs.

REFERENCE - National Library, Country Life April 6th 1945 - photograph.

BAS Local Plan, Sept. 1997: P19/2.5.13. Historic Buildings.
J Aitken : 24/05/01.

Access Audit 50 - HAW 11/2003

SUAT Ltd. undertook archaeological monitoring of the bridge during restoration works between 2000-2002. Engineering and consolidation work revealed parts of the original structure including in situr foundation walling and the fabric of the original two span bridge, the internal makeup of the structure, the nature of the carriageway mettalling, fragments of the parapet and the existence of a wooden grill in the water below. See attached report for full details. <1>

The excavation assemblage from SUAT's work comprised bone and nails. These were submitted to Treasure Trove (TT 148/09). <2> <3>

Following reassessment as part of a Dual Designations project, the bridge was descheduled by Historic Environment Scotland in 2016, however, it remains a Category A Listed building. <4>

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Grid reference Centred NH 8698 2200 (122m by 96m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH82SE

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