The river Tamar marks the Cornish border and is only nine miles short of making Cornwall an island. The Saxon King Athelstan set the River Tamar as the border between Cornwall and England in 936.

The Royal Albert Bridge, was built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1859, this 19 arch structure is 2240 ft long, 30 ft wide and rises 260 foot above its foundations.

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