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Coaltown of Balgonie, Barrel Brig

A Category B Listed Building in Markinch, Fife

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Latitude: 56.1726 / 56°10'21"N

Longitude: -3.1166 / 3°6'59"W

OS Eastings: 330765

OS Northings: 698330

OS Grid: NT307983

Mapcode National: GBR 2C.H1RK

Mapcode Global: WH6RP.334V

Entry Name: Coaltown of Balgonie, Barrel Brig

Listing Date: 1 March 1996

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 389294

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB42980

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Markinch

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Glenrothes Central and Thornton

Parish: Markinch

Traditional County: Fife

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Early 18th century. Double arch bridge with cutwater buttresses to centre pier. Rubble spandrels with squared and coursed rubble soffits.

Statement of Interest

Barrel Brig, a pack horse bridge, was erected prior to 1725 when it was described by a Laird of Balfour as the "New Bridge". The Old Statistical Account notes "there are several bridges within the bounds of this parish; but 3 only of such consequence as to deserve notice; one over the Orr....is very old and narrow"; built by James Bethune some 260 years earlier (than the OSA) this probably refers to an earlier bridge on or near this site.Formerly a scheduled monument. Scheduled on 19/01/1979 and descheduled on 23/03/2016.

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