Waterloo Bridge / Black Bridge

Waterloo bridge is known locally as the Black Bridge, due to the original bridge being built of a very dark coloured wood. The wooden bridge was constructed in 1808 to connect the village of Merkinch which was incorporated into the burgh of Inverness the same year. The bridge was struck by the wreckage of one of the Ness Island bridges during the Great flood of 1849.

Waterloo Bridge or The Black BridgeThe wooden bridge survived the flood and stood until 1896 when it was replaced with the lattice-girder structure we see today. The present Waterloo bridge was built by the Rose Street Foundry, now A.I. Welders.

References

POLLIT. A. GERALD, ca. 1980. Historic Inverness. Perth: The Melven Press. GROOME, FRANCES H.ed., 1903. Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland. New edition. London: The Caxton Publishing Company.