SX4358 : Western end of the Royal Albert Bridge

taken 3 years ago, near to Saltash, Cornwall, Great Britain

Western end of the Royal Albert Bridge
Western end of the Royal Albert Bridge
The bridge famously bears the name of its engineer, I K Brunel, and the date 1859.

Compare my other version of the same classic view SX4358 : Royal Albert Bridge taken almost exactly 35 years earlier; this was not only my first trip across the bridge since then, but my first time back in Cornwall.
Royal Albert Bridge

The Royal Albert Bridge was constructed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1859. It was opened by Albert, Prince Consort to Queen Victoria on 2nd May 1859, just four months before the great engineer's death (15th September 1859). The prince himself only lived on for a little over two years, dying on 14th December 1861.
The 172' high bridge extends 2188' (667m) from St Budeaux, Plymouth on the Devon side across to Saltash in Cornwall. It has two main spans each of 465'(141m) with a total of 17 further "lead in" spans. (I think 10 on the Devon side, 7 on the Cornish). For more information see a dedicated website here LinkExternal link and the Wikipedia entry here LinkExternal link - {you may notice some discrepancies between the details on the two sites}

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Date Taken
Sunday, 5 August, 2018   (more nearby)
Sunday, 2 December, 2018
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Isambard Kingdom Brunel 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4337 5877 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:24.4723N 4:12.3371W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 4318 5874
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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