Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
Planning Authority
Dumfries And Galloway
NX 87081 95480
287081, 595480


Building begun circa 1774; collapsed 1776 and rebuilt - 1778; strengthened 1930-31. Roadbridge, 2 large segmental arches

over River Nith. All built of red ashlar; recessed arch

rings, pointed central cutwaters carried upwards as

pedestrian refuges: parapets widened over massive abutments

(latter buttressed), square piers with pyramidal caps.

Statement of Special Interest

Also in Morton parish.

Begun by the presbytery of Penpont who had gathered $680 in contributions. It collapsed while building and aid was then

sought from the Commissioners of Supply.

Hewison notes stone - now removed - on parapet inscribed

"William Norton, Master mason, St John's Thornhill, 1777",

and also a tradition that the bridge was designed by Wm.

Murdoch (of gaslight fame).




D1/1/7 p.206ff.

J.K. Hewison, DALGARNOC, 1935 pp. 62-3

C.T. Ramage, DRUMLANRIG AND THE DOUGLASES, 1876 pp.333-4.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). 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 only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. 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 Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. 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 current legislation.

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