Scots Roots

Leamington Lift Bridge
April 16, 2016, 9:15 am
Filed under: Photographs, Scottish History | Tags: , ,

Leamington Lift Bridge 1Leamington Lift Bridge 2Leamington Lift Bridge 3This bridge was installed around 1906 to allow vehicles and people to cross the Union Canal at Fountainbridge in Edinburgh, replacing an older bridge built in 1869. In 1922, parts of the canal in central Edinburgh were filled in and the bridge was moved to its present site at Leamington Wharf.

By the 1960s the Leamington Lift Bridge had fallen out of use but it was refurbished when the canal was restored as part of the ‘Millenium Link’ project for the year 2000.

It was designed by Sir W. G. Armstrong Whitworth of Newcastle for the canal owners, the North British Railway, and is the only surviving example of an electrical lifting bridge on the Union Canal.

The deck is raised between gantries on each side of the road so that boats can pass underneath.

Leamington Lift Bridge 4


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It is wonderful that they restored this bridge. Too often treasures like this are dismantled as the times change.

Comment by Sheryl

Interesting! I’ve never heard of this bridge or visited this part of Edinburgh. Shall have to do so!

Comment by Anabel Marsh

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