Caldervale Footbridge

 

1936-caldervale-footbridgeIn April 1927, Cambuslang Parish Council received word that the County Council of Lanarkshire would bear the cost of erecting a new bridge over the River Calder, a tributary of the Clyde, at the location of Caldervale.

For some time, the nearby residents had asked for the building of a bridge, as workers and schoolchildren had to take a circular and dangerous route to cross the river otherwise. While Blantyre and Cambuslang Parish Councils were prepared to build and share the cost of the bridge, they were prevented doing so by the Board of Health, which reminded them that the Parish Council funds were to be spent on new Health Institutes and not for that year, on infrastructure or construction projects.

The new bridge was built in 1927 and cost £200 on the north of the railwayline, spanning the river coming out at Newton Colliery.

Pictured here on the 1936 map. I was surprised to see the bridge is still there today on modern aerial photos. Its somewhere I’ve never been to but is now on my “to do” list.

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From “Blantyre Project” by Paul Veverka (c)

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