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Monday, March 16, 2015

UK 2015
Bridges




COUNTRY: UK
ISSUE DATE: 5 March 2015
STAMP SIZE: 35 x 37 mm
 STAMP DESIGN: GBH



Tarr Steps (pre-1600)
River Barle. A 15th or 16th century gritstone clapper- bridge. 





Row Bridge (1700s)
Mosedale Beck. An arched stone bridge of the mid-18th century.




Pulteney Bridge (c.1774)
River Avon. The UK's finest example of an inhabited bridge.




Craigellachie Bridge (1814)
River Spey. A 46 metre arched span bridge in cast iron. 




Menai Suspension Bridge (1826)
Menai Strait. The world's first great suspension bridge.




High Level Bridge (1849)
River Tyne. A 408-metre road and rail bridge by Robert Stephenson.



Royal Border Bridge (1850)
River Tweed. A railway viaduct of 28 semi-circular-headed arches.




Tees Transporter Bridge (1911)
River Tees. A steel bridge with cantilevered trusses and gondola.




Humber Bridge (1981)
River Humber. Once the longest suspension bridge in the world.





Peace Bridge (2011)
River Foyle. A 235-metre causeway for pedestrians and cyclists.










:: PRESENTATION PACK 
Taking its inspiration from architectural blueprints, the Presentation Pack charts the evolution of bridge design across the UK. Uniquely, the timeline motif that is present on the Special Stamps breaks out across the pack, creating a central spine for the narrative, which is engagingly written by architectural historian Dan Cruickshank.
In addition to exploring the history and development of our ten featured bridges, the text includes biographies of engineers Thomas Telford and Robert Stephenson and gives an overview of the importance of bridges to civilisation. The pack also includes all 10 Special Stamps.



:: FIRST DAY COVER (FDC) 





:: ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 
Row Bridge © Tony Mangan 2008; Craigellachie Bridge © David Gowans/Alamy; Humber Bridge © Al High 2009; all other photography by Hufton + Crow © Royal Mail Group Limited 2015

Stamp images thanks to Royal Mail
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