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Photograph of the Royal Albert Bridge, 1858

Photograph of the Royal Albert Bridge, 1858


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Photograph of the Royal Albert Bridge, 1858

Royal Albert Bridge, Saltash, showing Cornwall span of tubes in place, and Devon span of tubes in process of being manoeuvred into position. Also shows scaffolding, river, boats, and Cornwall shore in background.
Image used by Courtesy of the Brunel Institute - a collaboration of the SS Great Britain Trust and the University of Bristol

Media ID 24287228

© University of Bristol / SS Great Britain Trust

Great Western Railway Isambard Kingdom Brunel Royal Albert Bridge Saltash Bridge


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This print takes us back to the year 1858, capturing a monumental moment in engineering history. The image showcases the awe-inspiring Royal Albert Bridge, standing proudly over the River Tamar between Saltash in Cornwall and Devonport in Devon. It offers a remarkable glimpse into the construction process of this iconic structure. The photograph reveals two distinct scenes: on one side, we witness the completed Cornwall span of tubes elegantly resting in place, while on the other side, we observe workers meticulously maneuvering the Devon span of tubes into position. The intricate scaffolding surrounding these colossal metal structures adds an extra layer of intrigue to this snapshot from time. Beyond its architectural marvels, our eyes are drawn towards the picturesque backdrop that frames this scene. The tranquil river flows beneath as boats gracefully glide along its surface. In the distance lies Cornwall's enchanting shore, providing a serene contrast to the industrious activity taking place on and around this bridge. This historic image is made available through kind courtesy of the Brunel Institute - a collaboration between SS Great Britain Trust and University of Bristol - allowing us to appreciate Isambard Kingdom Brunel's genius and his contribution to Victorian engineering excellence. Through his vision and determination, he created not just a railway bridge but an enduring symbol of human ingenuity that continues to inspire generations even today.

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