August 23, 1873 – The Royal Albert Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, opens in Chelsea, London.
The magnificent Royal Albert Bridge, designed and built to carry the Cornwall Railway at a height of 100 feet across the waters of the River Tamar at Saltash, must surely be recognized as one of Brunel’s most outstanding works. Its unique design and handsome proportions, set in an idyllic location between the hills of Devon and Cornwall, give an aura of grace and majesty all of its own. As the “Gateway to Cornwall” it forms a fitting and lasting memorial to this great Victorian engineer.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel was a true genius of the Industrial Age, whose vision and daring produced some of the greatest engineering wonders of Victorian Britain. To mark the 200th anniversary of Brunel’s birth, the Royal Mail worked with eminent Brunel historians to select six examples from his incredible portfolio of work, which were issued on February 23, 2006 in a miniature sheet format. Pictured here is the stamp commemorating the Royal Albert Bridge.