The War Memorial on North Bridge, Edinburgh

Christine Smith

Grovedale, Australia

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Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Lens: @ 85mm, ISO: 200, Aperture: f8, Shutter: 1/250

This image was taken from underneath the North Bridge in Edinburgh, Scotland, looking up towards the Scottish National War Memorial and over to the Balmoral Hotel. North Bridge is a road bridge and street in Edinburgh linking the High Street with Princes Street, and the New Town with the Old. The current bridge was built between 1894–97. A previous North Bridge, built from 1763–72, stood until 1896. The current North Bridge has three spans of arched girders. It was constructed from 1894–1897 by Sir William Arrol & Co., which company is also noted for construction of the Forth Bridge. Situated on the bridge is the Scottish National War memorial, by sculptor William Birnie Rhind which memorialises soldiers killed in campaigns between 1878 and 1902. At the southern end of the bridge (where it meets the Royal Mile and South Bridge, in the Old Town) are substantial buildings whose main entrances are at carriageway level but which also have entrances in the valley below. Those on the west side are The Scotsman Hotel, former headquarters of The Scotsman newspaper, alongside a block of commercial premises and flats (“Royal Mile Mansions”). That on the east once housed the House of Fraser Arnotts-branded department store. At the northern end of the bridge, where it meets Princes Street in the New Town, is the Balmoral Hotel, originally built as the North British Hotel, the North British Railway’s hotel serving Waverley Station, which lies below.

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