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Albert Bridge

A road bridge which crosses the River Clyde at the western edge of Glasgow Green, Albert Bridge opened to traffic on 21st June, 1871 and is named in honour of the Prince Consort who died ten years previously. The structure comprises three broad wrought-iron arches, carried on masonry piers which were built on concrete-filled cast-iron caissons, sunk some 26m (86 feet) below water level. The foundation stone was laid by Fox Maule Ramsay, 11th Earl of Dalhousie (1801-74), who was Master Mason of Scotland, while Bell & Miller of Glasgow were engineers and the work was executed by Hanna, Donald & Wilson of Paisley.

A previous bridge built in 1794-95 was barely complete when it was swept away by a flood. This was replaced by a wooden bridge in 1803 but it was soon found to be inadequate and a new bridge was built in 1829, designed by the engineer Robert Stevenson (1772 -1850).


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