Is this the old Denholm Suspension Bridge?


(Where is it now?)

Most of us have seen the two towers of the old suspension bridge down at the Quoiting Haugh but here’s what I think happened to it. I say ‘think’ as I have no proven evidence but it all seems to fall into place.

My discovery of text in a pamphlet called ‘Denholm Trek’ stating that ‘the structure now spans the river Ken in Westmoreland’ encouraged me to do a bit of ‘digging’.

I found the river Kent near Kendal (the misspelling threw me slightly!) and with the help of Google Maps I then found a suspension bridge which I believe to be the one which crossed the Teviot at Denholm.

When the Teviot Bridge was built in 1864 (the road bridge) the suspension bridge was no longer needed and so it was sold, I believe to Francis James Willacy. The bridge was needed to replace and older wooden one which was swept away in a flood in October 1874 and from heritage records the replacement is ‘believed to contain suspension rods reused from an earlier bridge in Scotland’.

The bridge was needed for workers to get to the Sedgewick Gunpowder Factory on the other side of the river Kent.


Unfortunately the only information on the bridge today is a plaque stating: The maximum number of people on this bridge at any one time 25.

The Low Park Wood Suspension Bridge was restored in 1988 but some of the wood has already rotted. It also has quite a bounce to it!

Although only the metal work was reused these photographs may give you an idea of how it would have looked across the Teviot at Denholm.