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Latitude: 55.4969 / 55°29'48"N
Longitude: -4.4048 / 4°24'17"W
OS Eastings: 248187
OS Northings: 625190
OS Grid: NS481251
Mapcode National: GBR 3L.VMS0
Mapcode Global: WH3QY.93RC
Entry Name: Barskimming New Bridge, Including Estate Workers' Houses and Viewing Platform
Listing Date: 14 April 1971
Last Amended: 19 March 1993
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 353827
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB19483
Building Class: Cultural
County: East Ayrshire
Electoral Ward: Doon Valley
Traditional County: Ayrshire
BRIDGE: later 18th century. Single span, round-headed arch estate road bridge spanning river Ayr in deep ravine. Stugged red ashlar sandstone. Moulded arch flanked by buttresses terminating in tall obelisks adjoining balustraded parapet. Approach walls and 2 capped round-section ashlar piers at N opening out into semi-circular area delineated by capped ashlar piers linked by chains. Approach walls and 2 similar round-section piers at S, wall continues to W side with
2 further gatepiers and long ramp leading to estate workers' houses. ESTATE WORKERS' HOUSES: long 2-storey rectangular block of houses; red ruble sandstone, piended slate roof, boarded doors, mostly 12-pane sash and case and top-hopper windows, ridge stack with thackstane.
VIEWING PLATFORM: crenellated viewing platform to W built over cave with ogival-headed windows.
The weathervane on Barskimming stables (listed in Mauchline Parish) is dated 1774; this bridge is probably of a similar date. There are various caves and grotto features in the ravine which contribute to the dramatically picturesque setting of the bridge. See NOTES to Old Barskimming.
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