MHG58827 - Oldhall Bridge - Dunn Burn


Bridge of Dunn, or Oldhall Bridge, was built 1815-19 under the direction of Telford. It is now bypassed and deteriorating.

Type and Period (1)

  • ROAD BRIDGE (Built, 19th Century - 1815 AD to 1819 AD)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

Two miles west of Greystones Bridge, at Watten on the same road, is Oldhall Bridge over a burn, [Burn of Dunn] built from 1815–19 under Telford’s general direction and now bypassed and deteriorating. It consists of a single semicircular arch about 16 ftwide and 24 ft high with an arch-ring of Caithness flagstones about 2 ft deep, paved invert, random rubble spandrels and approach retaining walls in similar stone. The roadway is 18 ft wide.
Both [this and Greystones Bridge] were erected as part of the improvement of the Thurso road. The surveyor was H. Fulton and the contractor J. Traill Esq. and others. Great difficulty was experienced in letting a contract for this 20 mile length of road which, at the then large sum of £13 365, cost about 30% more than the estimate.
R Paxton and J Shipway, 2007.

GIS spatial data created 2018 based on OS Master Map. <2>

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Grid reference Centred ND 2057 5628 (9m by 8m) (2 map features)
Map sheet ND25NW
Civil Parish WATTEN
Geographical Area CAITHNESS

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