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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Group Category Details: A - See Notes
  • Date Added: 22/03/1977
  • Supplementary Information Updated: 07/05/2004


  • Local Authority: Glasgow
  • Planning Authority: Glasgow
  • Burgh: Glasgow

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNS 59412 64444
  • Coordinates259412, 664444


Bell and Miller, architects and engineers, Hanna, Donald and Wilson contractors; 1868-1871. Built to replace an earlier bridge of 1829-33. 3-span bridge over the Clyde at Saltmarket. Polished ashlar springers and hexagonal cutwaters rising to polished red granite piers and corbelled grey granite caps. 8 wrought-iron ribs per span, beaded arch ring and decorative cast-iron pierced spandrels with City coats of arms.

The engineer, 27 September 1867.

Engineering, 1 July 1870.

Square end piers with bronze profile medallion of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. Bracketted parapet with pierced balustrade in cast-iron with coat of arms of Glasgow at centre. Intermediate granite piers with plaques recording the architects as Bell and Miller, MICE.

Statement of Special Interest

A group with Victoria, Union Railway, Portland Place suspension King George V and Jamaica Bridges. This is the only substantial wrought-iron arched bridge in Scotland, comparable to Westminster (London) Trent (Nottingham) and Lendal (York) Bridges in England.

Was originally a rich green, 'studded with polished knobs and set off with lines of gilt'. This colour is to be reinstated in the refurbishment approved in 2004, which will replace the balustrade. Adjacent railings flanking the Clyde are by Sun Foundry, as are also those at Westminster Bridge.

Category changed from B to A, 07 May 2004.



Gomme and Walker, 1987, p.305. J R Hume 1974, p.219. Centre Span of 114 Feet, side spans of 108 feet.

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Listed Buildings

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest and these are selected according to criteria published in the, Annex 2, pp74-76.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

Enquiries relating to works to listed buildings should be made to the local authority in the first instance. Listed building consent is required for works which a local authority considers will affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest and local authorities also decide if listed building consent is required.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The local authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see

Legislation introduced on 1 October 2015 allows us to state that: an object or structure fixed to the listed building; any object or structure within the curtilage of the listed building; and, any part or feature of the listed building that is not of architectural or historic interest may be excluded from a listing. If part of your building is not listed under the new legislation, the part will be excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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