Historic lampposts must be saved

Eastside Bridge, High Street, Kirkintilloch 23.9.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Eastside Bridge, High Street, Kirkintilloch 23.9.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

HISTORIC lampposts made by Kirkintilloch’s first iron foundry are to be rejuvenated as part of an ambitious project to give an 19th century bridge a make-over.

East Dunbartonshire Council has applied for planning permission to carry out work on Eastside Bridge, which spans the River Luggie, in Kirkintilloch.

Local historian Don Martin has welcomed the plans, but has warned that the lamps which used to light the bridge are unique and need protected.

He said: “The lamp standards are truly historic, being the only surviving example in Kirkintilloch of the work of the town’s first foundry, the Kirkintilloch Foundry, which was established long before the Star or the Lion foundries, apparently in the 1830s.

“Each lamp standard has a triangular maker’s plate bearing the legend ‘Kirkintilloch Foundry Co. Kirkintilloch’.

“Given Kirkintilloch’s importance as an iron founding town, the historical significance is obvious.

“It is clearly vital that the Luggie Bridge lamp standards are retained and upgraded.”

The bridge was constructed in 1792 for pedestrians and was widened and improved in 1881, just before the Kirkintilloch Foundry went out of business.

A council spokesperson confirmed to the Herald that the lamps would be retained.