NS4276 : Overtoun Bridge

near to Milton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Overtoun Bridge
Overtoun Bridge
This thick-sided stone bridge, located next to NS4276 : Overtoun House, has parapets on both sides; the river gorge that it crosses has sides that fall away steeply, and the river is therefore located a surprising distance below the bridge.

For a similar picture, taken on a later occasion, see NS4276 : Overtoun Bridge. See also NS4276 : Overtoun Bridge and NS4276 : Overtoun Bridge (detail).

For details on the south-western side of the bridge, see NS4276 : Armorial achievement on side of Overtoun Bridge and NS4276 : Date stone on Overtoun Bridge.

Overtoun House was built in 1859-63 for the Rutherglen chemical manufacturer James White (NS6065 : Statue of James White of Overtoun), whose son became the first Lord Overtoun, but the bridge dates from 1895, and was built by H.E.Milner ["North Clyde Estuary - An Illustrated Architectural Guide", Frank Arneil Walker with Fiona Sinclair]. Although his son, John Campbell White (the aforementioned Lord Overtoun), was well known for his charitable works, he was famously lambasted in 1899 by Keir Hardie, who exposed the appalling working conditions faced by those employed in his chemical factory (in fairness, it should be said that White had probably been entirely unaware of these conditions).

See also NS4076 : The White Memorial, which provides further information about the family, and which contains links to further information about James White.

[The bridge has featured in news reports more than once. In 1994, a mentally-disturbed man threw his two-week-old son to his death from the bridge. In October 2006, the fact that a surprising number of dogs have leapt to their death from the bridge was the subject of a television programme. This phenomenon has been reported under the sensational and misleading title of "dog suicides". Suggested explanations have ranged from the supernatural to peculiar sonic effects in the structure of the bridge; however, among the more plausible explanations that have been offered is the idea that a particular scent (for example, that of mink) is tempting dogs, from whose viewpoint the long drop is not apparent, to leap the bridge wall.]
Overtoun Bridge
The bridge is located beside Overtoun House, and crosses the gorge of the Overtoun Burn. It was built by H.E.Milner for James White in 1895. See the listed building report LinkExternal link for further details. For Overtoun House itself, see LinkExternal link
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Tuesday, 28 October, 2008
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