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Lower North Water Bridge

A fine seven-arch bridge on the border between Angus and Aberdeenshire which carries the A92 Trunk Road over the River North Esk, the Lower North Water Bridge lies a mile (1.5 km) northeast of Hillside and 2½ miles (4 km) north northeast of Montrose. It lies next to the North Water Viaduct which formerly carried the railway.

The bridge was built 1770-75 and was the work of John Smeaton (1724-94) and John Adam (1721-92) working with Andrew Barrie of Montrose. The arches, triangular cutwaters and parapet are in dark ashlar while the spandrels comprise light sandstone rubble, giving a contrast both in colour and texture. A ruined octagonal toll-house lies adjacent, and the road turns sharply at right angles both on the northern and southern approaches to this bridge. A panel on the southern approach records the construction details.

The bridge was subject to repairs and restoration in 2008 costing £700,000.


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