Dalkeith Policies, Montagu Bridge
- HER number: MEL8427
- Site Name: Dalkeith Policies, Montagu Bridge
- Grid Reference: 333363 668120
- Civil Parish:
- Monument Type:
- Bridge (18th Century, Post Medieval)
- Summary: Bridge, 1792
- Description: NMRS REFERENCE:
Robert Adam 1791
Wm Chambers after 1770 - not executed
W Schomberg Scott Photograph Collection Acc 1997/39
the Montagu Bridge - 2 prints
Drumlanrig Castle - Robert Adam - design for a bridge over the River Esk (framed watercolour)
NMRS REPORT DATE: 28/05/2003
(1) Historic Scotland Listed Building Description: Robert Adam, 1792. Striking classical vehicle bridge, on E-W axis. Single span with semicircular arch. Droved ashlar. Piers advanced from abutments, with deep niches, and moulded rectangular panels above, containing waved relief and floreate motif. Parapet raised over piers and at centre. Dentilled cornice and frieze of circular motifs in moulded panels below parapet. Moulded archivolt. Barrel-vaulted pend to E. Barrel-vaulted chamber to SE. Cast-iron spearhead railings to approaches.
Buttressed rubble wall and steps to embankment to NW.
CAULD: low man-made weir stretching width of River North Esk.
Historic Scotland Listed Building Notes: Montagu Bridge crosses River North Esk. James Adam completed the bridge on the death of Robert Adam. A Group - see DALKEITH PARK. The cauld, shown in the Soane Museum drawings, formed an integral part of the design, heightening the picturesque effect of the bridge in the landscape. Upstream, the cauld produces a calm and tranquil effect, reflecting the bridge in the water. Viewed from downstream, the bridge is seen against the noisy tumult of white water. These contrasting views are important to the original conception of the bridge as an ordered classical structure in a "wild" and romantic setting.
Historic Scotland Listed Building References: Soane Museum Adam Drawings, Volume 34, Nos 110 and 112, copy at NMRS. Old Statistical Account (1794) p 26. T Ruddock Arch Bridges and their Builders 1735-1835 (1979) p 117. C McWilliam Lothian (1980) p 161. A T Bolton The Architecture of Robert and James Adam (1984).
- For more information contact: MidLothian Council HER
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- : Paxton and Shipway, R and J. 2007. Civil engineering heritage: Scotland - Lowlands and Borders,, London. 134.
- Bibliographic reference: McWilliam, C E. 1978a. Lothian except Edinburgh. 161.