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The Sow Bridge, Dalzell Park, Motherwell

A Category C Listed Building in Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig, North Lanarkshire

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Latitude: 55.7726 / 55°46'21"N

Longitude: -3.9823 / 3°58'56"W

OS Eastings: 275744

OS Northings: 655031

OS Grid: NS757550

Mapcode National: GBR 01MP.MJ

Mapcode Global: WH4QX.S5VH

Plus Code: 9C7RQ2F9+23

Entry Name: The Sow Bridge, Dalzell Park, Motherwell

Listing Name: Motherwell, Dalzell Park, the Sow Bridge Including Feeder Pond, Rill and Cascade

Listing Date: 10 December 2001

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395697

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48304

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Motherwell and Wishaw

County: North Lanarkshire

Town: Motherwell And Wishaw

Electoral Ward: Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

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Andrew Cassells, circa 1860. Bridge and landscaped water feature. Artificial oval pond leading to stone lined, serpentine rill. Single span bridge over gully to S elevation, embedded in bank to N. Unusual, checkerboard ventilated stone work to coped parapet. Squared and tooled sandstone.

Statement of Interest

Cassells was a local gardener and landscaper probably employed directly by RW Billings to carry out the landscaping of the seventeenth century formal gardens, parallel with Billings' remodelling of Dalzell House. A bridge had been built over the burn at an earlier date, probably when Dalzell House was remodelled in the mid-seventeenth century, to form the main axial drive to the house at the centre of the formal landscape. The burn had originally risen in woods beyond the drying greens to the north of the main drive. Cassells diverted the burn into a decorative feeder pond and rill leading to a dam beneath the bridge. The dam spills water over rocks in the gully on the south side creating a picturesque cascade. At present (2001) it is hard to see the cascade, as the gully is overgrown.

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