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Jean Street, Railway Bridge, Bridge Gou/29

A Category C Listed Building in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9348 / 55°56'5"N

Longitude: -4.6962 / 4°41'46"W

OS Eastings: 231677

OS Northings: 674584

OS Grid: NS316745

Mapcode National: GBR 0G.Z0Z6

Mapcode Global: WH2MJ.T3X5

Entry Name: Jean Street, Railway Bridge, Bridge Gou/29

Listing Date: 8 June 2005

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 398012

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50127

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Port Glasgow

County: Inverclyde

Electoral Ward: Inverclyde East Central

Traditional County: Renfrewshire

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Description

Probably Grainger and Miller, circa 1840 with later brick addition to N parapet. Single depressed-arch railway bridge. Predominantly sandstone ashlar with some brick repairs and additions. String courses at springing-point of arch and base of parapet; stugged channelled voussoirs; coped parapets (N parapet corbelled out and heightened with red brick); slightly battered pilaster buttresses flanking arch. Small amount of engineering-brick repairs to arch soffit.

Statement of Interest

Railway bridge in use as such. Built for the Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock railway, which opened in 1841 and was one of the earlier railway lines to be built in Scotland. The Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway Company paid considerable attention to the architectural detailing of their buildings: their termini at Glasgow Bridge Street and Greenock Central (both demolished) had fine Classical elevations, and were amongst the most imposing stations to be built in Scotland. This bridge, although small in scale and necessarily simple, has good architectural detailing with its nicely-shaped arch, channelled stonework and pilaster buttresses, and is a good demonstration of the emphasis the company placed on architectural quality. The bridge occupies a prominent position on Jean Street, and is adjacent to the B-listed West Church.

The original survey of the line was carried out by the railway engineers Grainger and Miller in 1836. It is presently unknown whether they were the executant engineers.

The full Network Rail reference code for the bridge is Bridge GOU/29 at 121 miles 262 yards.

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