Tag: suspension bridge

Last Bridgekeeper takes last penny

 On Tuesday 26th April 1949, one of the River Clyde’s oldest landmarks passed into the limbo of forgotten Blantyre things. The suspension foot bridge linking Bothwell with Blantyre was closed on that Tuesday night, and shortly after, dismantled. Opened in 1852, four years after David Livingstone left Blantyre, the bridge was built by the firm […]

If no a bridge, a ferry

Once the original suspension bridge was closed and demolished over the River Clyde at David Livingstone, it had an immediate impact on visitors to the Centre. A new bridge was needed fast. The Sunday Post October 1949 reported “The closing and demolition of the suspension bridge over the Clyde between Bothwell and Blantyre had an […]