Ken Bridge

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Coordinates: 55 ° 4 ′ 51 ″  N , 4 ° 7 ′ 52 ″  W.

Ken Bridge
Ken Bridge
Ken Bridge
use Road bridge
Convicted A712
Subjugated Water of Ken
place near New Galloway
construction Stone arch bridge
overall length 104 m
width 5.6 m
Number of openings 5
start of building 1820
completion 1824
Ken Bridge (Scotland)
Ken Bridge

The Ken Bridge is a road bridge near the Scottish town of New Galloway in the Council Area Dumfries and Galloway . In 1971 the structure was included in the Scottish monument lists in the highest monument category A. Another classification as a Scheduled Monument was lifted in 1996.


In 1797 a bridge near what is now Ken Bridge was completed. In 1806 a flood destroyed this bridge. When a new bridge was put out to tender in 1811, both Thomas Telford and John Rennie submitted designs. While Telford proposed a cast iron arch bridge with a span of 46 m, Rennie submitted a design for a stone arch bridge. Both for stylistic and financial reasons, the decision was made in favor of Rennie's design. In retrospect, however, the stone bridge turned out to be the more expensive option. John Simpson began building bridges as a designer in 1814. The bridge, which had not yet been completed, was destroyed in a flood on August 25 of the following year.

When another bridge was to be built at the site in 1820, Rennie was again awarded the contract. The Ken Bridge is one of the last drafts of the engineer who died in 1821. Kenneth Mathieson acted as the designer . The cost of building the bridge, completed in 1824, was £ 10,960.


The Ken Bridge is located around 700 m northeast of New Galloway. The 104 m long granite masonry viaduct spans the Water of Ken with five lined segment arches . The heights and widths of the arches rise towards the central, 27 m wide arch. Pilasters that extend over the parapets are based on the pillars with protruding ends . An elegantly curved cornice runs at road level . Brick parapets delimit the 5.6 m wide carriageway. The A712 runs over the bridge .

Individual evidence

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

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