|R71||160th Anniversary of the Royal Border Bridge||£20.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 29/08/2010
Issue Name: 160th Anniversary of the Royal Border Bridge
Producer: Buckingham Covers
In our second cover working with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), we look north and commemorate the 160th anniversary of the Royal Border Bridge, which completed the last link between London and Edinburgh. Featuring a single stamp from our stunning National Railway Museum mint stamp sheet, postmarked with a specially designed Royal Border Bridge postmark at Berwick-upon-Tweed on the day of the anniversary (29th August, 2010). Stunning cover illustration by Jon Hall, showing the Royal Border Bridge in all its majesty. Celebrating the 160th anniversary of an iconic bridge.
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The Royal Border Bridge, Berwick-upon-Tweed
The Royal Border Bridge over the river Tweed at Berwick formed the last link in the east coast railway connection between London and Edinburgh. The Newcastle and Berwick Railway (N&BR) was formed in 1845 and, with Robert Stephenson as its engineer, construction began almost immediately.
With the exception of the bridges, the railway line between London and Edinburgh was completed in July was completed in July 1847. Temporary timber viaducts were used in the meantime. The Royal Border Bridge itself was designed by Robert Stephenson with the assistance of Thomas Eliot Harrison. The resident engineer was (Sir) George Barclay Bruce and the contractors were James McKay and J. Blackstock.
The majestic Royal Border Bridge over the Tweed was officially opened by Queen Victoria on 29 August 1850. The viaduct is built on a curve and consists of 28 arches each panning 61ft(18.6m); the rails are 120ft (34.8) above the river and the total length covered is 2,160ft (658m). The bridge is constructed in masonry with brickwork soffits (undersides of the arches) covered by stone cladding.
The painting by the Limner, Jon Hall, depicts the Royal Border Bridge and was commisioned by the Institution of Civil Engineers North East.
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