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Latitude: 55.7326 / 55°43'57"N
Longitude: -2.4092 / 2°24'33"W
OS Eastings: 374400
OS Northings: 648876
OS Grid: NT744488
Mapcode National: GBR C2M4.6V
Mapcode Global: WH8XD.Y5XN
Plus Code: 9C7VPHMR+28
Entry Name: Adam Bridge, Swardon Burn, Marchmont House
Listing Name: Marchmont Estate, Adam Bridge
Listing Date: 3 October 1989
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 348970
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB15389
Building Class: Cultural
County: Scottish Borders
Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire
Traditional County: Berwickshire
Possibly George Paterson, started 1759. Single arched, classically-detailed bridge spanning Swardon Burn. Weathered sandstone ashlar; coursed abutments; coursed soffit. Ashlar voussoirs to round-arched openings; full-width architraved string courses; corniced eaves beneath parapets (originally balustraded). Full-height channelled pilasters flanking openings with surmounting rectangular piers terminating parapets; engaged sandstone balusters in place; remainder missing. Splayed retaining walls to side embankments.
B Group comprises Marchmont House, Adam Bridge, the Cottages near the Remains of Redbraes Castle, the Dovecot, Gamekeeper's Cottage, Ice House, The Kennel House, 1 & 2 Marchmont Estate Cottages, Redbraes, Stable Courtyard and the Walled Garden (see separate list entries). A much-weathered bridge, forming part of one of the drives accessing Marchmont House. Known as the 'Adam' Bridge, possibly as a result of William Adam's association with the house - his plans for a new house commissioned in 1724 (unexecuted) and the surrounding landscape probably laid out to his design in the later 1720s. According to a work book held in the SRO, George Paterson (noted in 1770 as "...the most reasonable and least expensive architect in this country") began work on the bridge in 1759. Balustraded parapets removed and replaced with timber fencing late 20th century. Overgrowth obscuring N elevation 1998.
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