Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today listed two historic rural houses and an 18th century bridge near Claudy.
Mark H Durkan said: “This is a boost for Claudy. The two rural houses protected are an important remnant of a fast disappearing part of our heritage and the bridge, with raised cutwaters is a particularly good example of a bridge from the 18th century.
“Listing will ensure these important assets are preserved and protected as part of Claudy and the region’s rich tapestry to be enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.
Cumber Bridge, a late 18th century triple-arched road bridge is noted in the 1832 OS Memoirs to have been the oldest in the parish. It has a robust and simple design with one angled cut-water on each side extending to parapet level to provide a pedestrian refuge.
Also listed is a detached single storey house located on Barnahilt Road, Gortilea. This is considered to be a very good example of a vernacular grouping including a formerly thatched dwelling and out-buildings.
A single and two-storey vernacular house with bed out-shot at 24 Lower Ballyarton Road, Lower Alla has also been listed.
Both of these buildings were constructed before the 1830s and represent an increasingly rare type of rural house that once characterised the area.