Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Local Authority
East Ayrshire
Planning Authority
East Ayrshire
NS 48214 25194
248214, 625194


BRIDGE: later 18th century. Single span, round-headed arch estate road bridge spanning river Ayr in deep ravine. Stugged red ashlar sandstone. Moulded arch flanked by buttresses terminating in tall obelisks adjoining balustraded parapet. Approach walls and 2 capped round-section ashlar piers at N opening out into semi-circular area delineated by capped ashlar piers linked by chains. Approach walls and 2 similar round-section piers at S, wall continues to W side with

2 further gatepiers and long ramp leading to estate workers' houses. ESTATE WORKERS' HOUSES: long 2-storey rectangular block of houses; red ruble sandstone, piended slate roof, boarded doors, mostly 12-pane sash and case and top-hopper windows, ridge stack with thackstane.

VIEWING PLATFORM: crenellated viewing platform to W built over cave with ogival-headed windows.

Statement of Special Interest

The weathervane on Barskimming stables (listed in Mauchline Parish) is dated 1774; this bridge is probably of a similar date. There are various caves and grotto features in the ravine which contribute to the dramatically picturesque setting of the bridge. See NOTES to Old Barskimming.



J E Shaw, AYRSHIRE, A SOCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL HISTORY, p24; plate of painting by Alexander Nasmyth in William Angus, SEATS OF THE NOBILITY (1791) plate 27; drawing by John Claude Nattes (1800) in James Fittler, SCOTIA DEPICTA (1891).

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.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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