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Estate Worker's Houses And River Ayr Viewing Platform, Old Barskimming

A Category A Listed Building in Stair, East Ayrshire

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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

Plus Code: 9C7QFHWW+P3

Entry Name: Estate Worker's Houses And River Ayr Viewing Platform, Old Barskimming

Listing Name: Barskimming New Bridge, Including Estate Workers' Houses and Viewing Platform

Listing Date: 14 April 1971

Last Amended: 19 March 1993

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 353827

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB19483

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Stair

County: East Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Doon Valley

Parish: Stair

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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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.

Statement of Interest

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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