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Bothwell Street Railway Viaduct

A Category B Listed Building in Dunfermline, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.0667 / 56°3'59"N

Longitude: -3.4553 / 3°27'19"W

OS Eastings: 309491

OS Northings: 686934

OS Grid: NT094869

Mapcode National: GBR 1Y.PX92

Mapcode Global: WH5QR.WSS3

Entry Name: Bothwell Street Railway Viaduct

Listing Date: 10 March 2000

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 394262

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46881

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Dunfermline

County: Fife

Electoral Ward: Dunfermline Central

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

Alexander Honeyman and William Gordon Dean, 1864-65 for North British Railway. 13-span railway viaduct. Coursed rockfaced sandstone with sandstone ashlar dressings. 12 segmental-headed spans; one replacement rivetted steel girder span to the east. Girder span and that over the east part of roundabout roadway skewed. Pair of segmental-headed recesses (one almost through span) to the south side of the east abutment. Impost bands (continued across piers) to each arch. Stugged soffits. Rockfaced voussoirs, except to 2 spans crossing roundabout roadway which have stepped ashlar voussoirs with keystones. Band course above arches. Coped parapet. The east abutment is partially rebuilt in engineering brick.

Statement of Interest

A long impressive viaduct and a significant landmark in Dunfermline s townscape built for the North British Railway in 1864-65.

The Police Commissioner s Minutes of April 1864 record that the partnership of Honeyman and Dean applied to the Improvement Committee of the Dunfermline Commissioners of Police for permission to temporarily close Bothwell Place and the New Row while the arches were constructed over those streets. In September 1865 the Dunfermline Saturday Press records that Honeyman and Dean sold off their 12 work horses at the Netherton stables of the North British Railway. This was because their Dunfermline contract was at an "advanced state".

Little is know about the firm of Honeyman and Dean. Dean was born in England and in the 1861 Census he is recorded as a railway contractor. However, by the 1871 Census he is noted as a farmer at Inveravon Farm in West Lothian.

Listed building record updated in 2017.

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