Perth Bridge from the North Inch

View of a group walking on the banks of the River Tay at Perth with the boating station and Perth Bridge in the background.

Today there is no trace of the 19th century boating station where people could hire boats and take rides on the river, but whole regattas took place on the river for a number of years. Perth Bridge, designed by John Smeaton, known as the Father of British Civil Engineering, and built in 1766-72 replaced earlier bridges which had stood at the east end of the High Street. The cost of the bridge was covered by a government grant of about £2,000 along with yearly payments of £700 for fourteen years. There were also public subscriptions; the Earl of Kinnoull gave £400. The bridge has seven main arches in red sandstone cambered to the centre so that rainwater drains to the sides. Due to congestion, particularly on market days when animals were driven over the bridge, a footpath was added in 1869. A bazaar was held in Perth City Hall to raise the money for the footpath.

  • Material/Medium: n/a
  • Date: c.1904
  • Creator: Wood & Son Printers, Perth, purchased from A. Mackenzie, Scott Street
  • Accession number: W0236
  • Category: Photography
  • Subject: Perth Bridge,River Tay,Perth,Perthshire,Scotland,family,North Inch,Smeaton's Bridge