Roman Bridge


From a book called Origines Parochiales, about the Parishes of Scotland, published in 1851, “Bothwell bridge, across The Clyde, was an early erection, probably of the 14th century. Another bridge, of one arch, high, very narrow, and without parapets, across the South Calder, is said to be in the line of the great Roman road, and is generally, though perhaps erroneously, called a Roman work.” 


I’m sure the description below refers to the “Roman Bridge” at Strathclyde Park, immediately beside the ruins of the Roman Baths. It sounds very similar and I’m sure regardless of it being called Roman, was definitely there in the 1850s. Outwith Blantyre, the bridge can be seen from the roadside in Strathclyde Park nowadays.

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Ed McDonald Walked to it so many times from Whitehill
Forest to the Clyde and then bothwellhaugh.
Anthony Smith I can still remember walking over it in the 50,s.And also visiting a deserted Bothwellhaugh as it was starting to be flooded to become the lake at Strathclyde Park.
Jessie Caldow -was always in awe walking over that bridge, knowing the history of it! …love the photo!
Alasdair Gordon I can remember a photo of that bridge appearing in a primary school textbook in the early 50s with the caption “A Roman bridge, near Motherwell”.

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