Balmuildy Bridge

Roman Bridges

In 1941, when the River Kelvin was being deepened at Summerston by the Dept of Agriculture, debris of a bridge which had carried the Military Way was dredged up from the river. The circumstances of the discovery make it impossible to be certain about its precise position or plan, but evidently some of the stone blocks recovered had belonged to an abutment on the river bank, while others, bearing obtuse-angled faces may have formed part of the cut-water of a free-standing pier. The absence of voussoirs suggests that the platform of the bridge was of timber, and in fact some of the shaped beams found during dredging operations may have come from the superstructure; the round-sectioned piles, on the other hand, probably served as the foundations of a stone pier.

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