Historic archway demolished by van
Published 27/09/2010 | 21:04
A 16th century archway in the grounds of a palace was demolished after it was hit by a van in an accident.
The "priceless monument" was all that remained of the approach to the Augustinian Abbey which once stood on the lawns of Scone Palace, near Perth in Perthshire.
It was hit by a van being driven by contractors who were on site to pick up a marquee used at an event over the weekend, officials at Scone Palace said.
Conservation architects are due to visit the site to assess the situation.
Scone Palace was once where kings of Scotland were crowned and is now the home of the Earls of Mansfield and a five-star visitor attraction, according to its website.
Suzanne Urquhart, chief executive at Mansfield Estates, said: "We were notified of the accident shortly before 1pm today and took immediate steps to make the area around the archway safe.
"We are currently taking advice from Historic Scotland and have arranged for conservation architects to examine what remains of the archway as soon as is practical, with a view to undertaking a reconstruction project in the longer term.
"Clearly we are devastated that such a priceless monument and important piece of Scottish history has been destroyed in this manner, however we are thankful that neither the driver nor any member of the public was injured."
Public access to the Palace and grounds remains unaffected by the incident.
The present owner of Scone Palace is the 8th Earl of Mansfield, William David Murray.