NS4275 : Old stone bridge near Overtoun House

taken 9 years ago, near to Milton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Old stone bridge near Overtoun House
Old stone bridge near Overtoun House
(This small structure is not to be confused with the present-day Overtoun Bridge; see Link for pictures of that much more substantial construction.)

The bridge shown here is on the course of a NS4275 : Former road to Overtoun House (see that item for more on the road itself; in that photograph, the former road crosses this bridge in the foreground).

The old road led from Barnhill (NS4275 : Barnhill House) to NS4276 : Overtoun House, but fell into disuse before the 1890s. Also, as indicated on the first-edition OS map, the bridge carried the road across a burn. However, at present, the burn first emerges on the far side of the bridge; the intervening part of its course has been culverted since the late nineteenth century: see NS4275 : Burn disappearing under road for the point where it disappears below ground, 200 metres ESE of here.

The bridge therefore now seems strangely out of place, standing alone in a field, and crossing a shallow valley where a burn used to flow. See NS4275 : Old bridge (detail) for a closer view.

According to a Historic Scotland article about the Overtoun Estate, "a tree-lined approach to the house from the south came across the park and crossed the valley to the east of the NS4276 : Spardie Linn by a small stone bridge. The bridge is still extant".

The bridge mentioned there is the one shown in my photograph. It is a relic of the Overtoun Estate as it was before John Campbell White (created Lord Overtoun in 1893) began his extensive programme of work on the estate in the 1890s.
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Friday, 2 December, 2011   (more nearby)
Thursday, 8 December, 2011
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Historic sites and artefacts  Paths  Derelict, Disused 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4239 7594 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:57.0337N 4:31.5414W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 4240 7594
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