Union Chain Bridge 1820 – its origin, significance & future, Edinburgh

16 November, 2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

Union Bridge (Alexander Nasmyth, 1820).
Union Bridge (Alexander Nasmyth, 1820).

About this event

Professor Paxton will share his research into the history and significance of this bridge in the run-up to its bicentenary.

When opened, the 18-foot wide Union Chain Bridge connecting Scotland and England was almost certainly the world's longest bridge span carrying road traffic. It is now also the longest in service at 196 years and deserving of recognition as a landmark in the international development of the suspension bridge.

In the UK its historical significance has attracted the highest governmental gradings. The bridge is however more than just an historic monument being, even with its 2t weight limit, a useful local crossing facility and an elegant environmental and tourist attraction.

During the past decade the bridge has deteriorated to the extent that it is said to need about £5m spending on it. PHEW has taken an active interest in the welfare of and visiting the bridge since 1980. Recently Professor Paxton has given well-attended talks at Paxton House and Hutton, emphasising the bridge's significance and encouraging refurbishment. These led to him taking up an invitation from the Friends of Union Chain Bridge to become a patron.

Registration from 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start.


For further information, please contact:

Sandra Purves
e: spurves004@btinternet.com