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Nith Bridge (A702 over River Nith)

A Category A Listed Building in Penpont, Dumfries and Galloway

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.2406 / 55°14'26"N

Longitude: -3.7774 / 3°46'38"W

OS Eastings: 287081

OS Northings: 595480

OS Grid: NX870954

Mapcode National: GBR 271V.Z6

Mapcode Global: WH5VN.YJDW

Entry Name: Nith Bridge (A702 over River Nith)

Listing Date: 3 August 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 351179

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB17286

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Penpont

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid and Upper Nithsdale

Parish: Penpont

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire

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Description

Building begun circa 1774; collapsed 1776 and rebuilt - 1778; strengthened 1930-31. Roadbridge, 2 large segmental arches

over River Nith. All built of red ashlar; recessed arch

rings, pointed central cutwaters carried upwards as

pedestrian refuges: parapets widened over massive abutments

(latter buttressed), square piers with pyramidal caps.

Statement of Interest

Also in Morton parish.

Begun by the presbytery of Penpont who had gathered $680 in contributions. It collapsed while building and aid was then

sought from the Commissioners of Supply.

Hewison notes stone - now removed - on parapet inscribed

"William Norton, Master mason, St John's Thornhill, 1777",

and also a tradition that the bridge was designed by Wm.

Murdoch (of gaslight fame).

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