The latest set of first class stamps depict 10 of the UK’s most dramatic bridges. Images range from humble stone crossings dating back centuries, through to landmarks of engineering and symbolic structures. Royal Mail said the series demonstrates “leaps in engineering” by progressive architects. It will also issue a special postmark across the country to mark the stamps’ release.
The oldest bridge is the Tarr Steps, which crosses the River Barle in Exmoor National Park, while the Peace Bridge, spanning the River Foyle in Derry, Northern Ireland, was completed in 2011. The Menai Suspension Bridge, which links the island of Anglesey to the mainland in North Wales, is described by Royal Mail as one of the most breathtaking ever built in Britain.
The ten featured bridges:
Tarr Steps (pre-1600s) – Exmoor
Row Bridge (1700s) – Lake District
Pulteney Bridge (1774) – Bath
Thomas Telford’s Craigellachie Bridge (1814) – Moray
Pont Grog y Borth/Menai Suspension Bridge (1826)
Robert Stephenson’s High Level Bridge (1849) – Newcastle/Gateshead
Royal Border Bridge (1850) – Berwick-upon-Tweed
Tees Transporter Bridge (1911) – Middlesbrough
Humber Bridge (1981)
Peace Bridge (2011) – Northern Ireland
Andrew Hammond, head of stamps and collectibles at Royal Mail, said: “The story of Britain’s engineering genius can be found in its bridges. “These new stamps celebrate 10 beautiful and ground-breaking landmarks that span centuries of our history.”
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