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New Bridge over River Ayr Including Lamp Standards

A Category B Listed Building in Ayr, South Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.4653 / 55°27'55"N

Longitude: -4.6313 / 4°37'52"W

OS Eastings: 233749

OS Northings: 622197

OS Grid: NS337221

Mapcode National: GBR 39.XQ8M

Mapcode Global: WH2PP.TWTM

Entry Name: New Bridge over River Ayr Including Lamp Standards

Listing Date: 5 February 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 357092

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21688

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ayr

County: South Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Ayr West

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Description

Blyth and Cunningham, 1877-79. Red sandstone slightly humped vehicular and pedestrian bridge crossing the River Ayr. 5 segmental arches; voussoirs; round-nosed cutwaters; pilaster strips to spandrels. Quatrefoil parapet; later cast-iron lamp standards; square-plan plinths.

Statement of Interest

In the 18th century, traffic patterns (especially in the form of bigger carriages) demanded a new bridge to take the burden off the Auld Brig (see separate list description). The New Bridge, completed in 1789 by Alexander Stevens, linked by way of New Bridge Street, Sandgate with the Main Street of Newton-upon-Ayr. After becoming unsafe after flooding in 1877, it was rebuilt as noted by Groome, "... for over ?15,000, and repaired (1881-2) for ?2000 more". Balusters to the original New Bridge, utilised in boundary wall to Ayr Pavilion (see separate list description, under Esplanade). Robert Adam submitted a design in 1785 for the original New Bridge (NMRS YD/34/13, original held at Carnegie Library, Ayr).

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