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Infirmary Bridge

Infirmary Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Bob Dover

Bridge Documented: September 18, 2014

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Pedestrian Walkway Over River Ness
Location
Inverness: Highland, Scotland: United Kingdom
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1881 By Builder/Contractor: W. Smith and Son and Ness Iron Works of Inverness, Scotland and Engineer/Design: C. R. Manners

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
173 Feet (52.7 Meters)
Structure Length
273 Feet (83.2 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
Spans
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This is one of a couple suspension footbridges found in Inverness. The stiffening truss appears to have been replaced with a modern bolted truss.

Bob Dover provided the following comments:

Inverness actually has four white, iron, small-scale, pedestrian-only suspension bridges.  The largest is Greig Street, from 1881.  Infirmary Bridge is slightly smaller, and is located near the Cathedral.  Then, there are two much smaller-scale swinging suspension bridges within the Ness Islands complex.  These do not have dates on them.

Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings

Listed At: Category B

Discussion:

Historic Environment Scotland Number: LB35281

Canmore ID: 13536

Description
C R Manners, 1881. Suspension bridge with steel wire-rope

cables, lattice-girder spans and pylons on cast-iron piers;

centre span of 173 feet, side spans of about 50 feet.

Statement of Special Interest
Built by W Smith & Sons, Ness Iron Works.

References
Bibliography
ORDNANCE GAZETTEER OF SCOTLAND, ed Francis H Groome; John

Hume, THE INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY OF SCOTLAND, ii, 207

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