NS4276 : Overtoun Bridge

taken 11 years ago, near to Milton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

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Overtoun Bridge
Overtoun Bridge
Click on the end-note title for many other views; see the end-note itself for much more on the bridge.

(I am sometimes asked for permission to use this picture, but I don't consider it one of my better efforts; before asking to use it, please note that there is an equivalent and, in my opinion, much better picture that I took on a later occasion, and which I think would be a better choice: NS4276 : Overtoun Bridge. My main description of the bridge can also be found at that link.)
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 John Campbell White (Lord Overtoun) in 1895. See the listed building report LinkExternal link (at Historic Environment Scotland) for further details. For Overtoun House itself, see LinkExternal link

The following description of the bridge (which gives its dimensions) is taken from the Lennox Herald issue of June 15th 1895, where an account is given of the official opening of the Avenue to Overtoun House LinkExternal link of which avenue the bridge is just one part. See that link for much more information on the avenue as a whole, and for an account of the avenue's official opening, an event that took place when the guests were assembled at the eastern end of this bridge.

At the top of the avenue, "the approach spans the romantic and picturesque Overtoun Burn, near the mansion house, by a magnificent new bridge consisting of three spans: the centre one of 32 feet and the side ones of 10 feet each. The total length of the bridge is 135 feet, and width 14 feet, and its height over 50 feet from the bed of the burn to the top of the parapet wall. The style of the bridge is [Scottish] Baronial, in harmony with the style of the home. It has taken a year to build the bridge alone. The stone a beautiful white freestone has all been got on the estate, and has been conveyed by a light railway about a mile in length".

See LinkExternal link for what is almost certainly the quarry referred to there; it also supplied some of the stone used to built Overtoun House (the remainder being taken from the building site itself). The straight-line distance from the quarry to the house is a little under three-quarters of a mile, and as noted at LinkExternal link in connection with the avenue, the light railway was about three-quarters of a mile long.

No trace of the light railway remains, but my own opinion (based on familiarity with the topography of the area) is that its course probably corresponded fairly closely with that of the present-day footpath that leads from the entrance of the quarry, past the Woodland Trust's "Welcome Cairn" sculpture and through the nearby gate, and then along a curving footpath that meets the road about 90 metres to the east of Overtoun House; that route would not require a crossing of the Overtoun Burn).

In more recent times, interest in Overtoun Bridge has increased on account of the appearance of many documentaries and articles about so-called "dog suicides"; see LinkExternal link (at Skeptoid) for a sober assessment.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 22 October, 2008   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 28 October, 2008
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Overtoun House 
Period (from Tags)
19th Century 
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H E Milner 
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Bridge   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 424 761 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.1532N 4:31.5011W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 425 761
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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