Sites and Monument Record: Larbert Bridge (SMR 231)

The present bridge is of 2 arches, and bears a roundel inserted in the NW parapet inscribed 1782 with the feeble initials TA. Including the approaches, it is 56 yards in length and 27 ft wide over its parapets. The larger arch, on the south, spans the main channel of the river and is 44 ft wide. The pier has a splayed and pointed cut-water both up and down stream, and the arches are defined by drip-moulds. Now superseded by a concrete road bridge.

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The Roman crossing of the Carron Water probably lay some distance to the west of Larbert Bridge. However, some time before the 18th century the present area was adopted. In 1651 the crossing was defended from Castle Hill against Cromwell. At this time it stood just upstream from the present structure, at the Low Town. In 1707 one of the last Acts of the Scottish Parliament was for the levying of tolls on Larbert Bridge by the Livingstone family. This bridge was swept away in the floods of 1733 and the present site utilised. In 1755 and 1758 the bridge was described as in great disrepair (a1.452). The new bridge failed in 1781 and in the following year was replaced.
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