Waverley Bridge

An old earthen mound, partially replaced by a bridge in 1844, Waverley Bridge lies above Waverley Station and now forms a road connecting Princes Street to Market Street in Central Edinburgh. The first bridge, of three arches, permitted the passage of the railway beneath and took its name from the famous novel by Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832), whose monument was being built nearby. It was not until 1868 that the current station was begun and it took its name from the bridge. The bridge was rebuilt in association with the new station (1870-3) and again in 1894-96, incorporating the pierced iron parapets installed as part of the first rebuilding. The resulting bridge is supported on forty-two cast-iron columns and is intimately connected to the two ramps which descend into the station.

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