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Alburne Park, Balbirnie Bridge

A Category B Listed Building in Markinch, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.2004 / 56°12'1"N

Longitude: -3.1522 / 3°9'7"W

OS Eastings: 328609

OS Northings: 701459

OS Grid: NO286014

Mapcode National: GBR 29.FCSY

Mapcode Global: WH6RG.KF52

Entry Name: Alburne Park, Balbirnie Bridge

Listing Date: 24 November 1972

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 348557

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB15045

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Markinch

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Glenrothes North, Leslie and Markinch

Parish: Markinch

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

Rebuilt 1792. Bridge over River Leven. Droved, squared and coursed rubble with voussoirs and flat coped ashlar parapet. 2 segmental arches with cutwater at central pier and dated to W.

Statement of Interest

Rev Thomson (OSA) refers to this as having "been lately rebuilt". Situated on the turnpike road from Pettycur on the Forth to Woodhaven and Newport on Tay, with the original stagecoach road fording the river to the right. The Fife Turnpike Act of 1790 led to "the Great Roads carrying through traffic especially mail coaches and stage coaches" (Bennett, p13). In 1829 General Balfour of Balbirnie complained to the Cupar District Trustees of careless driving and parking, suggesting that warnings be issued to "Landlords of Public Houses on the road where Carters are in the habit of stopping to refresh themselves, leaving their Horses and Carts to straggle about the road in such a manner as at times completely to block it up", immediately to the S of Balbirnie Bridge was just such a public house, the Plaisterer's Inn.

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