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Inverness, Caledonian Canal, Muirtown Swing Bridge And Control Cabin

Swing Bridge (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Inverness, Caledonian Canal, Muirtown Swing Bridge And Control Cabin

Classification Swing Bridge (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Muirtown Basin; Telford Street

Canmore ID 68585

Site Number NH64NE 143

NGR NH 65359 45826

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 143 65359 45828 LIN 19

Muirtown Bridge (swing) [NAT]

OS 1:10,000 map, 1992.

Location formerly entered as NH 6536 4583.

The Muirtown swing bridge carries the A862 over the Caledonian Canal. Built in 1935, by Sir William Arrol and Co., it replaced an earlier bridge of 1816.

J Gifford 1992.

This bridge is at the foot of the Muirtown flight of locks (NH64NE 119.04) and just S of the extensive Muirtown Basin (NH64NE 120.00).

G Hutton 1992.

During March 1999, RCAHMS conducted a photographic survey of the standing industrial heritage relating to the swing bridges, canal locks over the Caledonian Canal and the nearby railway architecture in Inverness, Clachnaharry and environs. The purpose of this survey was to enhance and augment the existing holdings of the National Monuments Record Scotland.

Visited by RCAHMS (MKO), September 1997.

This bridge is clearly marked as Muirtown Bridge on the 1st edition of the OS 6-inch map (Inverness-shire 1874, sheet iv) and as Muirtown Bridge (Swing) on the 2nd edition of the OS 6-inch map (Inverness-shire 1907, sheet iv), on the current edition of the OS 1:10000 map (1992) and on the OS Basic Scale raster map (ND).

Information from RCAHMS (MD) 3 October 2001.

The bridge carries Telford Street (formerly the A9 public road, now the A862) over the Caledonian Canal on the western outskirts of Inverness.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 31 March 2006.


Field Visit (15 March 2013 - 15 March 2013)

Muirtown Swing Bridge - Control Cabin

Concrete structure, flat-roofed, roughly 3m high and 2.75m square, on the NE corner of the Muirtown swing bridge. Now unused. The windows are not original. Within the building are the cranks for the manual operation of the bridge (required should the electric power fail) and on one wall are the original handwritten operating instructions for operating the bridge, which show the original road gates, now replaced by barriers.

Visited by Scottish Canals (Rosemary Jones and Bob Jones), 2013


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