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Preston Bridge

A Category A Listed Building in Mid Berwickshire, Scottish Borders

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8039 / 55°48'13"N

Longitude: -2.341 / 2°20'27"W

OS Eastings: 378720

OS Northings: 656783

OS Grid: NT787567

Mapcode National: GBR D12B.Z9

Mapcode Global: WH8X2.0DH1

Entry Name: Preston Bridge

Listing Date: 9 June 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 335348

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB4120

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Bunkle and Preston

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire

Parish: Bunkle And Preston

Traditional County: Berwickshire

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Description

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 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.

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