A Grade I Listed stone bridge built between 1611 and 1624. Four previous bridges stood on the site, with two destroyed by flooding (in 1199, the original, and in 1294, the third), one by an English attack in 1216 and the last, built 1376, served until James I of England ordered the construction of the present bridge. It was then on the main road from Edinburgh to London, and the king (who was also James VI of Scotland) had had to cross over the then dilapidated wooden bridge in 1603 while travelling to London for his Coronation.
Built of local sandstone, the 355 metres long by 5 metres wide bridge has 15 arches (although originally only 13 had been planned) with Doric columns. Flooding in 1621, when the bridge was almost complete, set back completion by several years. The cost of construction was apparently £15,000 (about £36.5M at todays prices).
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