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Edinburgh, North Bridge

Road Bridge (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Edinburgh, North Bridge

Classification Road Bridge (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) North Bridge Street; The Market Stairs; North Bridge Street; Nor' Loch; Waverley Station

Canmore ID 303391

Site Number NT27SE 1278.01

NGR NT 25888 73842

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian


Construction (1894 - 1897)

Project (2007)

This project was undertaken to input site information listed in 'Civil engineering heritage: Scotland - Lowlands and Borders' by R Paxton and J Shipway, 2007.

Publication Account (2007)

This bridge replaced a bridge of 1763 (see RCAHMS NT27SE 1278.00) urther work was done until after a design competition in 1765. From 1894–97 the 1765 bridge was replaced by the present 561 ft long, three-span steel segmental arch bridge with 175 ft spans comprising 1935 tons of steel. Each span is supported on six 4 ft deep ‘I’ section plate girder ribs, with outer facades of cast-iron to a traditional elevation. The width of the bridge is 75 ft, nearly double that of its predecessor. The foundation stone ‘containing the usual tokens’ was laid on top of the north pier with full Masonic honours on 25 May 1896. The bridge is a fine early example of steel-arch construction in Britain. The engineers were Cunningham, Blyth & Westland, Edinburgh, the contractor was Sir William Arrol & Co., and the mason work subcontractors Wm. Beattie & Sons. The contract price was about £90 000.

R Paxton and S Shipway 2007

Reproduced from 'Civil Engineering heritage: Scotland - Lowlands and Borders' with kind permission of Thomas Telford Publishers.


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