Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 54193 48424
354193, 648424


Mid to late 18th century. Disused road bridge over Earnscleugh Water. Rubble with wide single-span arch and smaller overflow arch to W. Coped rubble parapet. Elongated voussoirs.

Statement of Special Interest

A good example of an early double-arched, rubble road bridge, located on a disused stretch of road within the original boundary of the Thirlestane Castle estate. It is notable for its broad, well-proportioned principal arch and hump-backed carriageway which evidences its 18th century building date and defines the bridge within its landscape setting. The bridge over Earnscleugh Water (known locally as 'East Water') originally served the 18th century coach road from Edinburgh to Kelso. The carriageway is currently grassed over and the coping to the N side of the parapet is predominantly missing (2008). A carter's inn, where the carters changed their horses, was located at Drummonds Hall in the 18th century and a sawmill was built on the old walls around 1845 although little evidence of this interest remains.

List description updated at resurvey (2009).



evident on 1st Edition Ordnance Survey Map (1856). Alexander Thomson, Lauder and Lauderdale (1902) p186.

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