CLYDE STREET AND SOUTH PORTLAND STREET, SUSPENSION BRIDGE (Ref:32668)
This building is in the Glasgow, City Of Council and the
It is a category A building and was listed on 06/07/1966.
Group Items: See Notes,
Group Cat: A,
Map Ref: NS 5891 6474.
Alexander Kirkland, architect. George Martin, engineer. 1851-3. Rebuilt in 1851 to replace an early 19th-century timber footbridge, wrought-ironwork rebuilt 1871 by Bell and Miller to reduce the camber and increase the dip by 7'. Suspension bridge over River Clyde with single span of 414ft. Pylons are classical triumphal archways composed of fluted Ionic columns in antis flanked by Doric pilasters (paired Doric pilasters to bridge face) in polished honey coloured sandstone, central arch with moulded archivolt and keystone. These support entablature with deep plain frieze and cornice with blocking course. The chains break through the frieze. The deck is made of wrought-iron lattice girders and suspended on two pairs of 4 and 5 bar flat link chains. The walkway is tarmacadamed. The parapet is of thin latticework wrought-iron. The bridge retains some of its original cast-iron lampbrackets.
A group with Victoria, Albert Union Railway, King George V and Jamaica bridges.
Originally a halfpenny was charged to pedestrians.
In 1926 girders, suspenders and floor were replaced in steel.
Gomme and Walker 1987, p. 111. J R Hume 1974, p.219.
Peter Verity " The Conservation of Early Iron Suspension Bridges in Scotland" (Edinburgh College of Art Thesis, 1994)
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