Perth and Kinross

A largely residential suburb of Perth in Central Perth and Kinross, Bridgend lies to the east of the River Tay and a quarter-mile (0.5 km) east of the town centre, facing the bridge built by the engineer John Smeaton in 1766-70. It was once a leper colony and the locus for 'undesirables', described in 1736 as a sorry village with a few thatched hovels except for the house at the shore where the ferry boat landed. Smeaton's new Perth Bridge, which replaced one swept away by the river in 1621, brought prosperity.

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