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Queensferry to Cramond shoreline walk.

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Published on Mar 2, 2011

ERROR: I Should have said "Forth Rail Bridge" at beginning of video, not Road Bridge.The "Queen" in Queensferry was Queen Margaret, wife of Malcolm111. She set up a church in Dunfermline where she had married Malcolm in 1070. This rapidly became a place of pilgrimage leading to increasing demand for transport across the Forth Estuary. The Queen's Ferry, paid for by Margaret and operated by Monks from Dunfermline, was the result. This had no fixed southern terminal, using a variety of landing places in or near the village depending on the tide and weather.
In 1879 construction began on a railway suspension bridge. This had been designed by Thomas Bouch, builder of the Tay Railway Bridge that opened in 1878. The collapse of the Tay Bridge with large loss of life on 28th Dec., 1879 brought a halt to work on Bouch's Forth Bridge. The Forth Rail Bridge that was finaly built between 1883 and 1890 was designed by Sir John Fowler and Benjamin Bakerand is a testament to conservative over-engineering.

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