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This is a list of all 13 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory crossing River Dee. Please note that different rivers with the same name will be grouped together. For example, selecting 'Bear Creek' shows bridges across several different Bear Creeks. Also, similarly named rivers are grouped separately. For example, 'River Dee' (UK) bridges are grouped separately from 'Dee River' (Australia) bridges. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of crossings.
1831 Wellington (Craiglug)
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Dee)
Bridgemeister ID:393
Structurae ID:0021612
Coordinates:N 57.13559 W 2.09560
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:SBR
Principals:Sir Samuel Brown
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2009)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • Reconstructed, 1930. Closed to vehicular traffic, 1984. Closed to all traffic 2002. Underwent extensive refurbishment, 2008.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Print, collection of David Denenberg Photo by Dave Cooper Photo by Dave Cooper
1834 Crathie
Crathie vicinity, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Dee)
Bridgemeister ID:1084
Coordinates:N 57.0335 W 3.211
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BSI, HBR
Principals:Justice Junior and Co.
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Status:In use, but restricted to foot traffic (last checked, 2011)
Main cables:Eyebar (iron)
Main span:138f
Deck width:14f
Notes
  • Small iron chain suspension bridge.
  • BSI: Reported to have been "almost entirely renewed", 1885. Ruddock also suggests the bridge was originally constructed with just diagonal stays (as other Justice bridges) and the catenary chains were added during the renewal.
Photo by Dave Cooper
1837 Shakkin (Shakin, St. Devenick's, Morrison)
Cults, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Dee)
Bridgemeister ID:1546
Structurae ID:0021622
Coordinates:N 57.11460 W 2.17056
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:John Smith
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:54.9m
Notes
  • Damaged by flood, 1876, and 1920. Reconstructed, 1921-1922. "Stranded" by shift in river's course, 1970's and 1980's, sweeping away southern approach spans. Deck removed, 1984.
  • Known locally as "Shakin' Briggie" or "Shakkin' Briggie," but also referred to as Morrison Bridge and St. Devenick's Bridge.
  • Restoration under consideration, 2005.
Photo by William Munter Photo by Dave Cooper
1852 Queens Park
Chester and Handbridge, England, United Kingdom (River Dee)
Bridgemeister ID:405
References:BRB, NTB
Principals:Enoch Gerrard
Use:Footbridge
Status:Replaced
Main cables:Chain (iron)
Suspended spans:3
Main span:1
Side spans:2

Notes
Stereoview, collection of David Denenberg
1871 Aboyne
Waterside, Aboyne vicinity, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Dee)
Bridgemeister ID:2202
Principals:Harper & Co.
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Main span:300f
Notes
1871 Hunting
Shocklach vicinity, England, United Kingdom (River Dee)
Bridgemeister ID:2191
Principals:Harper & Co.
Use:Footbridge
Status:Removed
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
1885 Abergeldie Castle
Balmoral vicinity, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Dee)
Bridgemeister ID:1705
References:AAJ, HBR
Principals:Blaikie Brothers
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2010)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
  • William Craig describes the bridge, "A wood and angle iron deck supported from two pairs of wire cables and rod suspenders. The railings are of light woven wire. Pylons with ornamental heads are of lattice gider construction on concrete bases five miles west of Ballater, Scotland."
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Photo by Dave Cooper
1892 Polhollick
Ballater vicinity, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Dee)
Bridgemeister ID:1905
Structurae ID:0021613
Coordinates:N 57.055048 W 3.083452
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:HBR
Principals:James Abernethy & Co.
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2011)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:178.5f
Photo by John Heald Photo by Dave Cooper
1905 Cambus O'May (Gordon)
Ballater, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Dee)
Bridgemeister ID:429
Coordinates:N 57.065803 W 2.956825
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BC2, BC3, BEM, HBR, NTB
Principals:James Abernethy & Co.
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Main span:170f
Notes
  • HBR: Refurbished, 1988.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Photo by William Munter Photo by Dave Cooper
1923 Queens Park
Chester and Handbridge, England, United Kingdom (River Dee)
Bridgemeister ID:435
Coordinates:N 53.18796 W 2.88421
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:BRB, NTB
Principals:Charles Greenwood, David Rowell & Co., William E. Barker
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2011)
Main cables:Wire (steel)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:275f

Notes
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg Photo by Dave Cooper
1924 Invercauld (Ballochbuie)
Braemar vicinity, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Dee)
Bridgemeister ID:1906
Structurae ID:0021615
Coordinates:N 57.001768 W 3.322743
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
References:HBR
Principals:James Abernethy & Co.
Use:Footbridge
Status:In use (last checked, 2008)
Main cables:Wire
Suspended spans:1
Notes
Photo by William Munter Photo by Dave Cooper
1929 Chainbridge
Berwyn, Wales, United Kingdom (River Dee)
Bridgemeister ID:1303
Coordinates:N 52.98025 W 3.1946
Maps:Acme, Google, MapQuest
Principals:Sir Henry Robertson
Use:Footbridge
Status:Derelict (last checked, 2013)
Main cables:Chain
Suspended spans:1
Main span:1
Notes
  • Crosses both River Dee and Llangollen Canal
  • The bridge is situated next to the Chainbridge Hotel. Their web site notes the original "chain bridge" at this location was built in 1814 by Exuperious Pickering and was refurbished in 1870 and rebuilt in 1929.
  • A thorough report on these bridges was published in 2010 by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW), Chain Bridge, Llantysilio, Denbighshire. The Pickering bridge (built 1817, according to the report) was contructed with the deck laid on the chains. This bridge was removed in 1870 but appears not to have been replaced until at least 1876. The new bridge, not simply refurbished, was constructed with the deck supported by the chains underneath, but in an "underspanned" fashion with small pillars resting on the chains, supporting a level deck. This bridge was destroyed by flood on Feb. 16, 1928. The report also investigates whether the chains of the current (1929) bridge are the original chains from the 1817 Pickering bridge and concludes there is evidence "supporting the hypothesis that the chains we see on the bridge today are same as those put on the bridge in 1817" and adds "If the present chains are the originals, there is little reason to doubt that they are the oldest suspension bridge chains in the western world."
Photo by Dave Cooper
Aboyne
Aboyne, Scotland, United Kingdom (River Dee)
Bridgemeister ID:2203
Use:Vehicular
Status:Removed
Notes
  • May date to 1830's.
Postcard, collection of David Denenberg

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