Bridges Presentation Pack featuring 10 Special Stamps - PP B
Uniquely, the timeline motif present on the Special Stamps breaks out across the Presentation Pack, creating a central spine for the narrative, engagingly written by architectural historian Dan Cruickshank. In addition to exploring the history and development of the 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 includes all 10 Special Stamps:
- Tarr Steps: A 15th or 16th century gritstone clapper-bridge which crosses the River Barle in Exmoor National Park. It is an elemental bridge formed by large slabs of gritstone weighing up to 2 tons each and varying in length from 2 to 2.9 metres placed flat on broad, low piers made from blocks of stone.
- Row Bridge: An arched stone bridge made in the mid-18th century constructed over Mosedale Beck at Wasdale Head in Cumbria. It is a bridge common in Western Europe in the Middle Ages. Goods were carried over these bridges in panniers slung from packhorses.
- Pulteney Bridge: The UK's finest example of an inhabited bridge was designed by Scottish architect Robert Adam. It was completed in 1774 and contained shops, originally with accommodation above, and was built to link the ancient centre of Bath with the proposed Bathwick estate on the opposite bank of the River Avon.
- Craigellachie Bridge: Completed in 1814 by Thomas Telford, this bridge carries the roadway on a single 46 metre-long arched span bridge in cast iron over the River Spey in Moray, Scotland. The span of the arch is restrained by masonry towers, designed to look like miniature castles.
- Menai Suspension Bridge: The world's first great suspension bridge that established the potential of suspension-bridge technology to achieve both high and lengthy spans. It was completed in 1826 to the design by Thomas Telford and links the island of Anglesey to the Welsh mainland.
- High Level Bridge: Linking Newcastle-upon-Tyne with Gateshead, this is one of the most innovative and visually powerful bridges created during Britain's Railway Age. It is a two-tier 408-metre bridge by Robert Stephenson designed to carry road and rail traffic at a high level across the Tyne and allow tall-masted shipping below.
- Royal Border Bridge: A railway viaduct of 28 semi-circular-headed arches which was a key component in Britain's expanding railway system, linking London to Edinburgh. This bridge was constructed between 1847 and 1850 and was used for crossing the River Tweed between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Tweedmouth.
- Tees Transporter Bridge: Completed in 1911, this steel bridge with cantilevered trusses in Middlesborough is a novel and visually arresting piece of engineering. This unique design with its gondola was executed by Sir William Arrol and Co. of Glasgow and ensured that the crossing would not interfere with river traffic.
- Humber Bridge: It took 9 years to build and with a total length of 2,220 metres and a central span of 1,410 metres between two towers of reinforced concrete, for 16 years it was the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world.
- Peace Bridge: A 235-metre causeway for pedestrians and cyclists which spans the River Foyle in Derry/ Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Completed in 2011 the bridge features a pair of tall masts, whose systems of cables overlap mid-river to form a symbolic structural "handshake" across the Foyle.
Release Date: 5th March 2015