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Old Bridge, White Cart Water, Snuff Mill Road, Glasgow

A Category B Listed Building in Glasgow, Glasgow

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Latitude: 55.8138 / 55°48'49"N

Longitude: -4.2592 / 4°15'33"W

OS Eastings: 258527

OS Northings: 660141

OS Grid: NS585601

Mapcode National: GBR 3R.6QW8

Mapcode Global: WH3PG.K40F

Plus Code: 9C7QRP7R+G8

Entry Name: Old Bridge, White Cart Water, Snuff Mill Road, Glasgow

Listing Name: Snuffmill Road, Cathcart Old Bridge

Listing Date: 15 December 1970

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 377609

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB33722

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Glasgow

County: Glasgow

Town: Glasgow

Electoral Ward: Linn

Traditional County: Renfrewshire

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Bridge of uncertain, though comparatively early, date. Visual appearance suggests a date perhaps in earlier part of 18th century - pssibly closer to 1700 (1624 datestone most likely relates to an earlier bridge).

Large single arch (approximately 20m span); round-arched subsidiary

span on lower east bank: main arch springs from cliffs on west bank, and consequently roadway slopes downwards from west to east.

Built mainly of coursed rubble, ashlar voussoirs, parapets and part of upper levels of masonry have evidently been rebuilt from time to time over the years. Pier between arches is thicker than main elements of bridge, splayed where it widens, as if for pointed cutwaters, but unusually, ends are simply squared off (ie not pointed, or, significantly narrowed, as cutwaters would be). Roadway and parapets are narrow, coping of latter with deeply-chamfered arrises.

Walls at west leading up Old Castle Road define early roadway, and are themselves of early date.

Statement of Interest

Closed to traffic.

The smaller scale of the subsidiary arch raises the question of whether or not it formed part of a previous bridge; but the differences in treatment of the 2 arches (smaller scale of voussoirs; different number of arch stones integrated with inner pier) are not sufficient to suggest such a conclusion should be drawn. Smaller arch primarily for flood relief, though tail-race of nearby mill may have been directed through it too.

The existence on an ancient site of the nearby Old Parish Kirkyard, and of Cathcart Castle, suggets that a recognised crossing point over The White Cart must have existed in this area from an early date.

Also in Ward 57.

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