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North Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 8, 2018

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Key Facts

Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
A7 Over Edinburgh Waverley Railway Station and Market Street
Edinburgh: City of Edinburgh, Scotland: United Kingdom
Structure Type
Metal Hingeless Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1897 By Builder/Contractor: Sir William Arrol and Company of Glasgow, Scotland and Engineer/Design: Blyth and Westland

Technical Facts

Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
175 Feet (53 Meters)
Structure Length
525 Feet (160 Meters)
Roadway Width
51 Feet (15.54 Meters)
3 Main Span(s)
NBI Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This is a beautiful arch bridge that has a detailed cast iron facade. The cast iron is not structural, riveted wrought iron arches are behind the cast iron. The bridge has a large statue that is a memorial to the South African war that dates to 1906. The bridge was being restored at the time of documentation, so some parts of the bridge were covered up. Robert Morham, city architect for Edinburgh, designed the ornamentation on the bridge.

Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings

Listed At: Category A


List Entry Number: LB30035, LB49067

Blyth and Westland (engineers), with architectural details by Robert Morham, 1894-7. Bridge consisting of 3 wide spans, each constructed of 6 arched iron girders, on masonry piers. Decorative cast-iron arcading to spandrels, beneath consoled and festooned entablature. Canted ends and festooned tops to piers. Bronze plaque to centre (see Notes), and War Memorial (separately listed).

Statement of Special Interest
The foundation stone was laid on 25th May 1896, and the bridge was opened by Lord Provost Sir Andrew McDonald on 1st September 1897. The contractor was Sir William Arrol. The present bridge replaces one taken down in 1896, during the reconstruction and expansion of Waverley Station (also by Blyth and Westland). The old bridge was part of the great civic improvement scheme initiated by Lord Provost George Drummond, who laid the foundation stone in 1763. After a collapse in 1769, the bridge was finally opened in 1772.

AJ Youngson MAKING OF CLASSICAL EDINBURGH (1966) pp 60-65. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1984) pp 284-5.

Information About Memorial:

William Birnie Rhind, 1906. 4 larger than life-size stone figures of soldiers, 3 seated, I standing, on wreathed stone plinth with bronze plaque, on North Bridge parapet.

Statement of Special Interest
Memorial to soldiers of the King's Own Scottish Borderers who died in several campaigns in the last decade of the 19th century.

Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1984) p 285.


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