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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.
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