General Wade's Bridge

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Coordinates: 56 ° 37 ′ 17 "  N , 3 ° 52 ′ 25"  W.

General Wade's Bridge
General Wade's Bridge
General Wade's Bridge
use Road bridge
Convicted B846
Subjugated Tay
place Aberfeldy
construction Stone arch bridge
overall length 112 m
width 4.5 m
Number of openings 5
Clear width 9-18 m
start of building April 1733
completion 1734
planner William Adam
General Wade's Bridge (Scotland)
General Wade's Bridge

The General Wade's Bridge is a road bridge in the Scottish town of Aberfeldy in the Council Area Perth and Kinross . In 1971 the bridge was included in the Scottish Monument List in the highest monument category A.


In the early 18th century, General Wade directed the construction of military roads in Scotland. Over 400 kilometers of roads and 40 bridges were built. The General Wade's Bridge is one of the most famous. It was built in 1733 to a design by the Scottish architect William Adam . Construction began in April 1733 and actually took nine months to complete. However, he was interrupted during the winter. The total cost was £ 4,095.


The masonry viaduct spans the Tay on the northern edge of Aberfeldy. It leads the B846 with five brick-lined segment arches over the river, of which the central arch has a clear width of 18.3 m, the flanking one of 10.7 m and the outer one of 9.1 m. The masonry is made of quarry stone . Paired obelisks tower from the high parapets in the center of the bridge . Originally the parapet protruded two meters above the roadway, which Thomas Telford also complained about during an inspection. In the meantime, the carriageway has been increased, which also reduces the gradient towards the middle of the bridge. It is believed that the falsework of the central arch used for construction was removed too early because the arch was pushed and the roadway sagged.

Individual evidence

  1. a b Listed Building - Entry . In: Historic Scotland .
  2. a b Entry on General Wade's Bridge  in Canmore, the database of Historic Environment Scotland (English)

Web links

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