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Canonmills Bridge

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Canonmills Bridge
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From:  New Town, Edinburgh
To:  Inverleith, Edinburgh
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Canonmills Bridge carries the B901 in Edinburgh across the Water of Leith.

The original bridge was a single arch built in 1766-67. It was designed by William Mylne, a master mason, architect, and civil engineer, who also designed the Yair Bridge over the River Tweed and built the original North Bridge in Edinburgh in 1769 - which unfortunately collapsed shortly before completion. This bridge fared slightly better, lasting until it was demolished in 1840. The replacement, comprising 3 arches, was built in 1840. It was widened in 1897 by Mr Proudfoot, the City Road Surveyor.

Canonmills was a medieval settlement, used by monks at Holyrood Abbey for a mill, hence its name. Today the bridge lies in a busy neighbourhood surrounded by shops and bars. The south approach to the bridge contains a row of low buildings used as a restaurant and for retail; their exact date is unclear but they precede the 1853 OS mapping. There was a plan in the early 2010s to demolish these and replace them with flats, but this seems to have been rejected.

Canonmills Bridge
Crossings of the Water of Leith, and Tributaries
Balerno Bridge • Colinton Bridge • Colt Bridge • Dean Bridge • Stock Bridge (Edinburgh) • Canonmills Bridge • St Marks Bridge • Bonnington Bridge • West Bowling Green Street Bridge • Junction Bridge • Sandport Place Bridge • Bernard Street Bridge • Victoria Bridge