Friday, June 8, 2007

Roadworks at Ellemford

In spring 1860 Mr. N.D. Shaw a contractor from Perth began work on the construction of a new road between Ellemford and Smiddyhill for the Road Trustees of the county of Berwick. The road to be built was three miles long and included the erection of two bridges over the Whiteadder. The bridge at Ellemford consists of three arches of 40 foot span each and the one at Smiddyhill was a single arch of 50 feet. The estimated cost of the work was £5,000; that equates to around £475,000 in today's money.

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