Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
Bunkle And Preston
NT 78720 56783
378720, 656783


Dated 1770 with later repairs. 3-arched, humped-back bridge, in style of William Adam, spanning Whiteadder Water (largest arch at centre). Pointed red sandstone rubble to parapets; coursed and squared red sandstone rubble to spandrels; sandstone ashlar dressings. Segmental-arched openings with flush voussoirs; raised outer bands with central keystones (that to S, to outer left dated '1770'); coursed rubble soffits and abutments. Empty circular niches centred in spandrels to N; carved floral detail in niches to S. Mutuled string courses beneath coped parapets; weathered, square-plan panels aligned above keystones. Coursed sandstone cutwaters with stepped bases flanking central opening. Buttressed wing walls at either end; further rubble-coped, rubble walls to E; circular-plan terminating piers to W.

Statement of Special Interest

One of the most prominent landmarks in the parish, this "...handsome stone bridge" (OS Name Book) spans the boundary between Bunkle & Preston and the adjoining parish of Duns. Dated 1770, much of the original detailing remains intact - the spandrel niches, mutuled string courses and keystoned arches being particularly notable. See separate list entry for the similarly detailed Todheugh Bridge.



Thomson's map, 1821 (evident). Ordnance Survey Name Book (1856-1858) Reel 60, Book 5, NMRS. Ordnance Survey map, 1862 (evident). J R Hume THE INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY OF SCOTLAND, Vol 1 (1976) p75. C A Strang BORDERS AND BERWICK: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1991) p40. NMRS photographic records.

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