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Poldivan Bridge, cairn 730m ENE of

A Scheduled Monument in Mid and Upper Nithsdale, Dumfries and Galloway

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.2386 / 55°14'18"N

Longitude: -3.6259 / 3°37'33"W

OS Eastings: 296710

OS Northings: 595024

OS Grid: NX967950

Mapcode National: GBR 373V.SX

Mapcode Global: WH5VR.8LMD

Entry Name: Poldivan Bridge, cairn 730m ENE of

Scheduled Date: 5 August 1937

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM638

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric ritual and funerary: cairn (type uncertain)

Location: Closeburn

County: Dumfries and Galloway

Electoral Ward: Mid and Upper Nithsdale

Traditional County: Dumfriesshire

Description

Alexander McRobbie of City Architects Department (with Thomas Henderson, Chief Engineer), 1936-40. Art Deco. Rectangular 14-bay swimming pool extending behind slightly projecting cross-arm of NW (entrance) block to form T-plan, with austere 19-bay granite NW (entrance) front onto Justice Mill Lane. Granite ashlar to N (entrance) block, brick to NE return, cement rendered to SE elevation and SE (swimming pool) block. Geometrical Art Deco glazing.

NW (ENTRANCE) BLOCK: symmetrical; wall-plane slightly advanced at 7-bay centre-piece which contains 3 entrance bays, articulated by 4 full height projecting vertical mullions (flagpoles missing). 3 windows contained within mullions at gallery level (4-pane hopper glazing, arranged vertically); doors below have etched glass with city of Aberdeen flag motifs. Outer cantre bays have 2 pairs of 4-pane windows (vertical windows with horizontal glazing) at intermediate basement and mezzanine levels. 6 tall windows at ground floor in shallow-recessed horizontal strip in each of outer flanking bays; pair of windows to SE return in similar recessed horizontal strip. Rear elevation ground and 1st floor windows predominantly 8-pane centre, divided by 2 wider metal transoms, opening as hoppers above and below, with 8-pane margins.

SE (SWIMMING POOL) BLOCK: stepped with semi-circular roof at centre, advanced at ground floor to form gallery level, flanked by flat roof sections with roof lights NE, SE and SW elevation with tall paired windows under single window, all with geometric glazing. Multi-paned horizontal windows to gallery level.

INTERIOR: (seen 1991). Curved walls of entrance hall lined with blond 'ripple' sycamore timber panelling, continued throughout; Art Deco geometrically divided glazing continued on interior.

POOL: raked seats; shallow segmental vaulted concrete roof supported on concrete piers, concrete galleries between; (original concrete diving boards to SE). Symmetrical stairs from entrance gallery stepping down to ground floor changing rooms and to pool; decorative paired concrete pylons and wallmounted clock at N screen wall of pool with viewing gallery. Chrome fittings.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

W A Brogden Aberdeen: An Illustrated Architectural Guide (1986) p.67. C McKean The Scottish Thirties (1987), p88. I Gordon and S Inglis, Great Lengths (2009), pp224-225. Ryden LLP Bon Accord Baths: Planning Brief (29 October 2009) at http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/nmsruntime/saveasdialog.asp?lID=44610&sID=2991 (accessed 22 March 2013). http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/architect_full.php?id=400887 (accessed 22 March 2013). www.scran.ac.uk (accessed 22 March 2013).

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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