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Pittencrieff Park, Tower Bridge

A Category B Listed Building in Dunfermline, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.0696 / 56°4'10"N

Longitude: -3.4678 / 3°28'3"W

OS Eastings: 308722

OS Northings: 687282

OS Grid: NT087872

Mapcode National: GBR 1Y.PLWH

Mapcode Global: WH5QR.PPWT

Entry Name: Pittencrieff Park, Tower Bridge

Listing Date: 12 January 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 362437

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB25967

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dunfermline

County: Fife

Town: Dunfermline

Electoral Ward: Dunfermline Central

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

1780 built above 1611 structure; parapets by James Shearer, 1915. Semicircular-arched bridge over segmental pointed-arched bridge; lower arch reinforced on N side by pair of semicircular arches, probably added during repairs of 1788. Coursed lightly stugged sandstone with sandstone ashlar dresssings. V-jointed ashlar voussoirs and ashlar soffits to both arches. Coped parapets; pair of short balustraded sections flanking solid parapet above arch on both sides. Flanking buttresses to arch on both on both sides. Carved stone panel above lower arch on S side bears date '1611' and initials 'A R'. Keystone below inscribed '1788' (probably date of repairs). Stone panel to arch above bears shield and inscription 'rebuilt 1780'. Initials, probaby 'C D J', carved on panel adjoining coping above. Inside of N parapet carved with date '1915'.

Statement of Interest

The original (lower) bridge was built to carry the main road to the W of Dunfermline across Tower Burn. In the later 18th century the road was diverted away from what was by then the grounds of Pittencrieff House and the level of the bridge and approach road raised to provide more level access to the house. The house and park were purchased by Andrew Carnegie in 1902 and opened as a public park the following year. The park is included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes (see above). See separate list descriptions for park buildings, including Pittencrieff House.

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