Scotsman Office - Exterior - From North Bridge
Scotsman Office - Exterior - From North Bridge

20 photos showing Edinburgh's historic North Bridge down the decades

Currently shrouded in scaffolding and undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment programme, the North Bridge is more than just another historic city landmark.

By David McLean
Thursday, 13th May 2021, 1:41 pm
Updated Friday, 14th May 2021, 10:11 am

The Category A listed structure, a fine example of first-rate Victorian engineering, performs a vital role in conveying the bulk of traffic between the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh which it was built to link.

Having replaced an older stone bridge constructed in the 1770s, the current incarnation of the bridge was opened in 1897, and its south west extent was famously home to The Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News for much of the 20th century.

Following the publication this week of photos showing the progress made so far in refurbishing the iconic structure, we’ve had a virtual dig through the archives to bring you 20 photos showing the historic North Bridge down the decades.

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