Langholm Bridge

An elegant Georgian three-arched bridge crossing the River Esk in the heart of Langholm

About Langholm Bridge

Langholm Bridge was constructed between 1775 and 1778, having been commissioned and financed by the third Duke of Buccleuch, Henry Scott. It has a typical Georgian style, featuring three segmental arches, each spanning 12.5 metres.

The bridge is notable for being one of the first masonry projects worked on by the young Thomas Telford, born in 1757 at Glendinning Farm in nearby Westerkirk, who would go on to become one of the world's foremost civil engineers. Telford was either an apprentice or a junior mason at the time of its construction, and his hallmarks are evident to this day.

Langholm Bridge has been widened on several occasions and now carries vehicles as part of the B709 road linking the town with Eskdalemuir.

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