MHG45526 - Mound Bridge, Loch Fleet

Summary

1815-18 Thomas Telford bridge with later alterations by Joseph Mitchell, 1837.

Type and Period (3)

  • ARCH BRIDGE (Built, 19th Century - 1815 AD to 1818 AD (between))
  • ARCH BRIDGE (Extended, 19th Century - 1837 AD to 1837 AD)
  • SLUICE GATE (Built, 19th Century - 1815 AD to 1837 AD (between))

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Full Description

Thomas Telford-designed "stagecoach" bridge which has a series of sluice gates to prevent seawater getting upstream into the Mound aldergrove swamps. This area included land reclaimed by a 1,000 yd embankment, which became known as The Mound, constructed by Sutherland Estates in 1816 to carry the new Parlimentary road over Loch Fleet.
(Press & Journal, 15/01/02)
Information provided by J Aitken: 16/01/02

The pent up waters of Loch Fleet are drained by an impressive series of sluice gates (four in 1816, increased to six in 1837 by Joseph Mitchell) in the six-span bridge. Each arch is fitted with a wooden non-returnable flap valve which prevents sea water from flowing up-river while allowing fresh water to drain away. A system of chains and pulleys operate the sluices, the winding gear housed in small stone huts each side of the bridge <1>.

Stone built bridge with 12 sluice gates, two below each arch of bridge. The arches have a timber panel cover each on east side of Telford’s bridge. A series of metal winches extend out from the bridge above each sluice gate. Two winch buildings at either side of bridge consist of small single storey buildings with a slanted corrugated iron roof. <2>


Sinclair B Calder, 1974, The Industrial Archaeology of Sutherland (A Scottish Highland Economy 1700-1900), Pg 53 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG364.


<1> Beaton, E, 1995, Sutherland: An Illustrated Architectural Guide (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG23142.


<2> Puls, A, Comment by Andrew Puls, HC Archaeologist (Verbal Communication). SHG23286.

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Location

Grid reference Centred NH 7754 9821 (27m by 24m)
Map sheet NH79NE
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish GOLSPIE

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