Carlton Place Suspension Bridge

Photo: Alan Crumlish

Alexander Kirkland

1853

Category A Listed

Credit for the bridge normally goes to Kirkland, however the engineer for the 126-metre span was George Martin. In the 1870s the engineers Bell and Miller strengthened the structure, a process which included adding the lattice girders to the side rails. Carlton Place itself was the only part of a proposed Glasgow New Town to be built. Its magnificent terraces, from 1804, were designed by Peter Nicolson. The bridge famously features in the 1983 television film, An Englishman Abroad, where Alan Bates played the spy Guy Burgess and Coral Browne played herself. The bridge and terrace behind, quite convincingly, played central Moscow.