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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: B
  • Date Added: 14/10/2004


  • Local Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Planning Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
  • Parish: Urr

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNX 81164 66109
  • Coordinates281164, 566109


Smith Patterson & Co Ltd of Blaydon, probably late 1920s. Painted cast-iron signpost with 3 arms. Tapered post painted in black and white stripes with ring shafts and conical finial. Maker's mark: SMITH PATTERSON & Co Ld BLAYDON in raised lettering near base of post. White-painted cast-iron arms with chamfered corners, black raised lettering (see Notes) and black-painted edges.

Statement of Special Interest

Situated at the SE end of Haugh of Urr, at the junction between the roads to Dalbeattie and Urr Church. This type of road sign, or 'fingerpost' was once ubiquitous on the roads of Scotland, and is an important part of the history of road transport. Most of these signposts have now been replaced by modern signs which are more legible to fast-moving traffic. However, other fingerposts are known to survive in Ayrshire and East Lothian. Although a number of fingerposts exist on the minor roads of Dumfries and Galloway, many of them have lost either their original post or arms or parts thereof, and very few of now survive in anything approaching their original condition. The five best surviving known examples of this type of free-standing signpost in Dumfries and Galloway have been selected for statutory listing in recognition of their attractive design, historical importance and present scarcity. The other signposts are located at Loch Head (near Elrig, Wigtownshire), Kirkland (near Moniave), Old Bridge of Urr, and Corsock. The design of the Corsock signpost is identical to the Haugh of Urr signpost, and they were made by the same manufacturer. The other signposts are all slightly different. The firm Smith Patterson was located in Blaydon, near Newcastle upon Tyne. There are 3 arms to the post. One is for HAUGH OF URR ¼ ML; one is for DALBEATTIE 3½ MLS; the last is for URR CHURCH ½ ML. This post can be dated to the late 1920s, as a memorandum on direction posts issued by the Ministry of Transport in 1930 specified that the fingers should have square ends.



Ayrshire Notes, No 18, Spring 2000, p16.

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