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Rumbling Bridge

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Rumbling-Bridge, a station on the Devon Valley railway, in Fossoway parish, at the mutual boundary of Perth and Kinross shires, 4¼ miles ENE of Dollar. It takes its name from a bridge-spanned cataract of the river Devon, which, forming part of what are called the Falls of Devon, commences at the Devil's Mill, 350 yards higher up; traverses thence, till past the Rumbling-Bridge, a narrow gloomy chasm, over blocks and clefts and rugged shelves of rock, between tangled craggy steeps; and emits a hollow rumbling sound, like that produced by heavy-laden waggons on a rough road between reverberating heights. The chasm has a mean depth of not more than 100 feet, but is so shagged with brushwood, so overshadowed by crags, as to look like an abyss; and, as seen from certain points of view, has the appearance of a sharp continuous fissure, formed by a vertical earthquake. Two bridges span it in the vicinity of the hotel the one 80 feet above the bed of the stream, and constructed in 1713; the other 120 feet high, and constructed in 1816-and both command a grandly impressive view.—Ord. Sur., sh. 40, 1867.

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