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Tweed Bridge

Tweed Bridge at Peebles
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Tweed Bridge at Peebles

Representing the principal crossing of the River Tweed in the Borders town of Peebles, the Tweed Bridge gives the appearance of a massive Victorian structure comprising five segmental arches, each of 11.6m (38 feet), but close inspection reveals that the core of these arches is much older. The bridge was most-likely the work of John of Peebles in 1475. It was rebuilt in 1699, extended to the south in 1793 and widened from 2.4m (8 feet) to 6.4m (21 feet) in 1834. Around 1863, the southern extension was converted to become a bridge over a new railway line which ran along the southern bank of the river. The Tweed Bridge was widened once again (to 12.2m / 40 feet) in 1897 - 1900, when it took on its current form, with rubble construction and ashlar details, including a dentil moulding below the parapet. Of note are its unusual cast-iron lamp standards featuring intertwined dolphins. The bridge is A-listed owing to its architectural and historical interest.


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