Photograph of the Saltash bridge by Roger Fenton, 19th C photographer.
Fenton was a prominent early British photographer doing mostly landscapes, active from 1851-1869 when he died after a short illness. Practical photography was only about a decade old when he started. He also was one of several selected to photograph the Crimean war, photos here.
The tubular cast iron structure is considered to be a technological masterpiece and drew large crowds when the 455 foot tubular arches were lifted into place. This railway bridge, now 150 years old, is still in use today. This was Isambard Brunel's last project, he died soon after it opened.
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