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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 12/12/1974


  • Local Authority: Edinburgh
  • Planning Authority: Edinburgh
  • Burgh: Edinburgh

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NT 25888 73842
  • Coordinates: 325888, 673842


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.

About Designations

Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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