Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge under construction, Saltash, 1859.
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The Royal Albert Bridge was built by Sir Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) and was his last and perhaps greatest masterpiece. It was built to span the River Tamar at Saltash to link Devon and Cornwall. It was built of wrought-iron with two spans of 455 feet and 17 short spans. Brunel also planned the Clifton suspension bridge (1864) and the Hungerford suspension bridge (1841-1845).