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Glasgow Bridge (1772), site of
River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
associated engineer
William Mylne
Robert Mylne
date  1768 - 1772
UK era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  NS586647
The original Glasgow Bridge, also known as Broomielaw Bridge, New Bridge or Jamaica Street Bridge, was the first bridge in Glasgow since Medieval times. It crossed the River Clyde between Bridge Street and Jamaica Street on the site of the present bridge of the same name.
Although engineer John Smeaton had prepared a design for Glasgow Bridge in 1760, the commission went to architect, engineer and master mason, William Mylne. William, with his elder brother Robert Mylne, designed and supervised the works. Both were natives of Edinburgh and came from a distinguished family that included a long line of Master Masons to the Crown of Scotland.
The masonry bridge was 152m long with seven arches. There were circular holes through the spandrels, designed to allow drainage of floodwater. When William Mylne gained this commission, he was at work on the troubled North Bridge in Edinburgh, which had partly collapsed in 1769 killing five people. Smeaton was called in to report, which he did with two other local men, John Adam and John Baxter. Mylne undertook the repairs, which involved adding cylindrical floodwater holes to the spandrels.
The Mylnes' Glasgow Bridge had a narrow humpback shape that proved unsuitable for the increasing traffic across it, and it was replaced in 1833-5. The new bridge was designed by Thomas Telford. Telford's bridge was replaced in 1895 by the present Glasgow Bridge.
Research: ECPK, JJ
reference sources   JSBDCE1

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