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Gattonside Suspension Bridge

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in Melrose, near Galashiels, Scottish Borders

This was an iron suspension footbridge built in 1825-6 by Redpath, Brown and Co of Edinburgh. Masonry by J. and T. Smith of Darnock.[1]

It was drastically altered in 1991 by replacing the deck and railings with a stiff welded steel deck/parapet structure, adding new suspension chains, hangers, saddles, and anchorages. The original stone towers are still used, and the original chains are still present, supported by the new chains.

Some interesting acerbic comments on the alterations may be found here, on the 'Happy Pontist' website.

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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, 2007