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Auld Brig over River Ayr, Including Lamp Standards

A Category A Listed Building in Ayr, South Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.4646 / 55°27'52"N

Longitude: -4.6295 / 4°37'46"W

OS Eastings: 233859

OS Northings: 622113

OS Grid: NS338221

Mapcode National: GBR 39.XYF0

Mapcode Global: WH2PP.VXN5

Entry Name: Auld Brig over River Ayr, Including Lamp Standards

Listing Date: 5 February 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 356785

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21495

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ayr

County: South Ayrshire

Town: Ayr

Electoral Ward: Ayr West

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Description

1470-1525; numerous repairs in 16th and 17th centuries; restored James Morris and WS Wilson 1907-10. Coursed, squared sandstone hogback bridge; stepped coping. 4 segmental stone arches; voussoirs; cutwaters; curved wingwalls; lamp standards to parapet.

Statement of Interest

De-scheduled 11.12.1998. In his poem 'The Brigs of Ayr' Robert Burns correctly forecasted that the Auld Brig would outlast the New Bridge (see separate list description) standing approximately 500 yards apart. In the early 20th century a vigorous campaign was launched for its repair, Lord Rosebery lamenting in an address, "Why, sir, the great millionaires of the world, who spend their substance in giving thousands for manuscript copies of his [Robert Burns'] poems, they would give hundreds of thousands for a shake of his hand, or for the sound of his voice, and yet we cannot raise ?10,000, now that he is dead, to save the object on which his heart was set." Auld Brig was substantially repaired in 1907-10 and is still in current use as a pedestrian crossing to the town. Photographs of the Brig's repair can be found in NMRS Photographic Library, taken by John B Lawson in 1907 (AY/1704-1729). The authors of HISTORIC AYR suggest a nearby ford, provided access to the High Street prior to the erection of the Auld Brig.

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