|India Tyres 3, a photo by Bob the courier on Flickr.|
The design won "Best Re-Use of an Historic Building" at the Scottish Design Awards and is a category A listed building. I suppose that this is a rather impressive finds: a historically important building that is being used as a commercial center.
Next we will stop by Inchinnan's well-known bridge which crosses the confluence of the White Cart and Black Cart rivers. This has long been an important crossing, once forded by splashing men and horses, then by a little ferry, then finally by a sturdy bridge.
According to SecretScotland.org.uk, this is a Scherzer Rolling Lift Bascule Bridge, and has the prestige of being the only remaining rolling lift bridge in the country. It's rather like The Last of the Mohicans, right? I can see it now: The Last of the Scherzer Rolling Lift Bascule Bridges: A Harrowing Tale of Love and...um, never mind.
If you're like me, you're wondering "What the heck is a Bascule bridge?" Well, that's what Google is for. Behold the evolution of the White Cart Bridge: in 1759 a arched bridge was build across the river (7 or 9 arches, I'm not quite sure), but ships sailing from Paisley were forced to lower their masts in order to pass underneath it; this led to a swing bridge being built, then in 1923 the Bascule bridge which is still in use today was constructed.
|A Bascule Bridge|
So now I hope that you're a little better informed about this bit of Britain, and I think that we deserve a little rest from sightseeing. How about a short, fun video about how Jaffa cakes are made?
Portnauld, a photo by Bricheno on Flickr.
By Y_tambe (Y_tambe's file) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons