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Inverness, Ness Bridge

Road Bridge (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Inverness, Ness Bridge

Classification Road Bridge (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Bridge Street; River Ness

Canmore ID 150769

Site Number NH64NE 141.01

NGR NH 66522 45158

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Inverness And Bona
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Inverness
  • Former County Inverness-shire

Archaeology Notes

NH64NE 141.01 66522 45158

Formerly entered as NH64NE 620 at cited location NH 6653 4515.

For (predecessor) Ness Suspension Bridge (NH c. 6653 4515), see NH64NE 141.00.

Ness Bridge [NAT]

OS 1:10,000 map, 1992.

Ness Bridge. Three semi-elliptical spans of pale pink concrete; by Sir Murdoch Macdonald and Partners, 1959-61.

J Gifford 1992.

This bridge carries Bridge Street (which here forms the B861 public road) across the River Ness at the W end of the centre of Inverness.

The location assigned to this record defines the centre of the structure. The available map evidence indicates that it extends from NH c. 66488 45144 to NH c. 66562 45165.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 29 March 2006.


Publication Account (2007)

In 1939 a contract was let for the building of a masonry faced three-arch reinforced concrete bridge, but work was suspended at the outbreak of war before much progress had been made. It was not until 1959 that Rendel’s bridge was replaced by the present elegant pre-stressed

concrete bridge with a central span of 120 ft, composed of a 60 ft suspended span between two 30 ft cantilevers. The consulting engineers were Sir M. MacDonald & Partners and the contractors, Duncan Logan (Contractors) Ltd, Muir of Ord.

R Paxton and J Shipway, 2007.

Reproduced from 'Civil Engineering heritage: Scotland - Highlands and Islands' with kind permission from Thomas Telford Publishers.


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