Leith Local History Society

Victoria Swing Bridge

Old coloured postacrd of Victoria Swing Bridge
Victoria Swing Bridge
A ‘National’ Series postcard, postmarked 1904
Recent photograph of Victoria Swing Bridge
Victoria Swing Bridge
Photo: D King, 25/06/2012

When the Victoria Swing Bridge was built in 1874, it was the largest swing bridge in the United Kingdom, It carried two rail tracks, a road and had footpaths along each side. It could be moved so as to allow shipping to pass up the Water of Leith.

Nowadays it no longer swings. The road and the rail tracks have been removed and the bridge is solely for pedestrian use. It forms a footpath connecting modern housing developments on either side of the river. A modern fixed road bridge has been built alongside it and behind the bridges some of Leith’s traditional dockland activity can still be seen.