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© Mr Gerald Rendle

IoE Number: 473740
Location: ROYAL ALBERT BRIDGE (THAT PART IN PLYMOUTH CIVIL PARISH), RIVERSIDE
  PLYMOUTH, PLYMOUTH, DEVON
Photographer: Mr Gerald Rendle
Date Photographed: 18 June 2002
Date listed: 25 January 1954
Date of last amendment: 09 November 1998
Grade I

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PLYMOUTH SX4358NE RIVERSIDE, St Budeaux 740-1/16/623 Royal Albert Bridge (that part in 25/01/54 Plymouth CP) (Formerly Listed as: RIVERSIDE Royal Albert Bridge) I Railway bridge over River Tamar. 1857-59 by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Cornwall Railway while it was leased to the Great Western Railway. Granite ashlar piers; wrought-iron plates to tubular plate girder bridge. The bridge is a combination of suspension and arched structure, with 2 tubular arches, with outward thrust onto the abutments, counteracting the inward drag of the chains. The tube arches are oval in section, in order to increase their strength and the width of the roadway, which hangs on chains from arches. The whole structure is raised high up on tall granite piers. The end abutments have large inscription: I. K. Brunel 1859. This bridge was a considerable engineering feat for its date, and has a powerful appearance. Part also in Saltash CP. (Fairclough A: The Story of Cornwall's Railways: Truro: 1970-; The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-: 661).

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