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SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT BUILDING

Scotland's Parliament was dissolved with the Act of Union between Scotland and England in 1707; there would be just one parliament, in Westminster. The Scotland Act of 1998 re-established a Scottish parliament, with certain devolved domestic powers, and it was decided that a new building was needed for it to meet in. The result was the Scottish Parliament Building, one of the most controversial government projects ever undertaken in the United Kingdom. Completion was more than three years late and, at a cost of £414.4 million, it was 10 times over budget. Many consider it ugly, at least externally, but it is interesting to visit and the debating chamber makes more sense than those at Westminster.

Region:
Location/Address: The Royal Mile
Holyrood
Edinburgh
County: Lothian
Post Code: EH99 1SP
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Website of the Scottish Parliament
Tip/Nearby: Opposite the Palace of Holyrood
Primary Management: Local Authority
TARR STEPS

Late medieval, possibly earlier, clapper bridge over the river Barle - said to be the longest clapper bridge in Britain. Pleasant walks nearby.  Post code is for the nearby Tarr Steps Inn.

NB Post code is for nearby Tarr Steps Inn.

Region:
Location/Address: Nr Liscombe
County: Somerset
Post Code: TA22 9PY
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Link to featured article: Tarr Steps
Primary Management: National Park
TEMPLE BAR

The original Temple Bar marked the boundary between the old City of London and the royal area of Westminster. A gate was built there, but this was removed in the 19th century for road widening. The spot is now marked by a Victorian memorial in the middle of the Strand/Fleet Street, close to the Royal Courts of Justice. Temple Bar Gate, after a period of decorating a country house in Hertfordshire, is now in the south-east corner of Paternoster Square, next to St Paul's Cathedral (EC4). The featured article will give you the full story, more or less.

Post code is approximate for the memorial at Temple Bar.

Region:
Location/Address: Strand/Fleet Street
County: London
Post Code: WC2R 1DA
Main Historic Period: Stuart
Link to featured article: London's Temple Bar
Tip/Nearby: Strand/Fleet Street is on an old ceremonial route between the City and Westminsiter, with Trafalgar Square in the west and Ludgate Hill in the east, leading to St Paul's Cathedral.
Primary Management: Local Authority
Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge, often confused with London Bridge, is one of the capital's iconic landmarks, known all over the world. It was built between 1886 and 1894 and connects Southwark on the south bank of the Thames with Tower Hamlets on the north, on the eastern edge of the City of London close by the Tower of London. Visitors can tour the Victorian engine rooms, see an exhibition of the bridge's history and even cross a glass walkway 138 feet (42 metres) above the river. Private tours are also available. But of course you can simply look at it, or cross it, for nothing.  Visit its website to check out times when it will be raised.

Region:
Location/Address: Tower Bridge Road
County: London
Post Code: SE1 2UP
Main Historic Period: Victorian
Link to featured article: Tower Bridge up close and personal
Useful Website Address: Tower Bridge website
Tip/Nearby: Nearest tube stations - Tower Hill (north of the river), London Bridge (south). Handy for the Tower of London and HMS Belfast.
Primary Management: Other
TYNE BRIDGE

An iconic symbol of Newcastle upon Tyne, the Tyne Bridge was designed by Mott, Hay and Anderson and built by the same company that later built Sydney Harbour Bridge, Dorman Long and Co. The Tyne Bridge was opened by King George V on 10th October 1928; it carries the A167 road across the river Tyne between Gateshead and Newcastle.

Location/Address: Newcastle upon Tyne
County: Tyne and Wear
Post Code: NE8 2BH
Main Historic Period: Modern
Tip/Nearby: The original New Castle.
Primary Management: Local Authority
West Port, St Andrews

Said to be the best preserved city gate in Scotland, West Port was built in 1587 and renovated in 1843. St Andrews was never a walled city - more than anything, the gate is a mark of civic pride.

Region:
Location/Address: Junction of South Street and Bridge Street
St Andrews
County: Fife
Post Code: KY16 9EG
Main Historic Period: Tudor
Tip/Nearby: St Andrews Castle, Cathedral, Blackfriars Chapel, University Museum
Primary Management: Historic Scotland
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