Bridge of Cree

Bridge over the River Cree at Newton Stewart
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Bridge over the River Cree at Newton Stewart

Crossing the River Cree to link Newton Stewart with Minnigaff, the Bridge of Cree is an elegant five-span granite bridge designed by John Rennie (1761 - 1821). It was built 1812-13 at a cost of £8234, replacing an earlier bridge of 1745. The bridge is 6m (20 feet) in width. With a distinctive low profile, the centre span rises only 2m (6½ feet) above water-level and is 15.25m (50 feet) in length. The two adjacent spans are 14m (45¾ feet) long, while the outer spans are 11.75m (38½ feet). The cutwaters rise to the level of the parapet and provide pedestrian refuges, while a weir in front of the bridge was designed to protect its foundations.

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