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Old Spey Bridge
River Spey, Fochabers, Moray
associated engineer
Thomas Telford
date  1806
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  NJ338594
ICE reference number  HEW 403
Telford's handsome, sandstone bridge over the Spey at Fochabers was partially swept away in the great flood of 1829. The current bridge consists of half the original stone bridge and a later cast iron bridge constructed by an unknown engineer in 1854.
The Spey at this point is 340ft across. The two of Telford's original four spans which remain measure 73ft and 95ft in width and carry the roadway as far as the centre of the river. The dressed stone voussoirs are alternately recessed to emphasise the curve of the arches.
The later part of the bridge crosses, in a single span of 185ft, the distance Telford bridged with two arches. It was built in 1852 to replace an intermediate, wooden version.
The exiting span consists of three cast iron ribs with a square lattice in the spandrels, strengthened with steel cross bracing. A footpath has been hung off the railing of the whole, and this does little to unify what is still clearly two very different bridges which meet at a central pier.
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