The Trust’s second project was the restoration of the Roman Bridge. Positioned on the axis of Old Penicuik House and the Ramsay Monument, the bridge was designed and built by Sir John Clerk (2nd Baronet). Inspired by his three-year grand tour across Europe, the bridge’s design was carefully contrived to give the impression of antiquity, evoking the possibility that it might just have been built by the Roman Empire. The bridge was restored by the Trust in 2015 with funds donated by the Clerk family and Historic Environment Scotland and the Estate are now in the process of rebuilding the footpath from the bridge to the South Bank walk.

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