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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1. North Bridge being rebuilt 1890s
North Bridge in Edinburgh, being rebuilt between 1896 and 1897.
2. North British under construction
North Bridge showing the North British Station Hotel (now The Balmoral) under construction in 1901.
3. North Bridge 1930s
View of the North British Hotel with North Bridge in the foreground with tramlines.
4. Scotsman and Evening News
The exterior of The Scotsman and Evening News newspaper offices on North Bridge Edinburgh.