Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - (see NOTES)
Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
St Ninians
NS 78403 87663
278403, 687663


1987 replica of 1881 footbridge. Single span, flat girder, cast iron footbridge. Decorative cast iron panelled balustrade with terminating posts surmounted by ball finials, painted green. Rockfaced stone supporting walls.

Statement of Special Interest

A-Group with Milnholm Hatchery, Howietoun Fishery and former mill at Sauchiemill. This decorative footbridge provided the main access to the adjacent, contemporary Milnholm hatchery and its design complements the cast iron balustrade of the staircase in the hatchery. The footbridge was recast by Gregor Gold, engineer and Falkirk Technical College and was re-opened in October 1987. Because of the modern casting, the category of the bridge has been altered from B to C(S) (2003).

Sir James Maitland set up the Milnholm hatchery and Howietoun fish ponds to create a successful enterprise. Through his scientific approach, Maitland pioneered the development of fish production and paved the way for modern aquaculture. The continuation of Maitland's operations serves as a testimony to his vision. Currently owned by the University of Stirling, the hatchery and fish farm continue to breed fish for selling and restocking but also principally operate as an educational and research facility for the Institute of Aquaculture. Change of Category from B to C(S) 1.9.2003.



J Maitland, The History of Howietoun (1887); 2nd edition Ordnance Survey map (1899); T Lannon, The Story of Howietoun (1989); additional information courtesy of Falkirk Technical College (2003).

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the 1997 Act. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect subsequent legislation.

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