Diagram showing a side elevation of the bridge, plan showing the progresive stages of the work, longitudinal section, elevation of the centre arch, and cros-section. Also indicated are high and low tide levels, and the height of the water during the flood of 9 February 1831. Thomas Telford's (1757-1834) design replaced the old bridge which was inadequate to cope with the increased traffic in Scotland's busiest city. The new bridge was opened in 1836. Illustration from Telford's 'Atlas to the Life of Thomas Telford, civil engineer', published in London in 1838.
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