Galton Bridge

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Galton Bridge and the modern Galton Tunnel

Galton Bridge (grid reference SP015894) is a canal bridge in Smethwick, West Midlands, England built by Thomas Telford in 1829. It spans Telford's Birmingham Canal Navigations New Main Line carrying Roebuck Lane. When it was constructed, its single span of 151 feet (46 metres) was the highest in the world (the Menai Suspension Bridge was longest)[citation needed][dubious ]. Originally a road bridge it is now restricted to pedestrians. It is a Grade I listed building, and lends its name to the adjacent Smethwick Galton Bridge railway station.

It is similar to Holt Fleet Bridge, Telford's Grade II listed bridge over the River Severn at Holt in Worcestershire and was named after Samuel Galton, a member of the Lunar Society. It was cast by Horseley Ironworks.

Details of Galton Bridge[edit]

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External links[edit]

  • Galton Bridge at Structurae
  • Photographs of the bridge today at the Wayback Machine (archived 8 February 2007)
  • Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1214833)". National Heritage List for England.
  • Entry on Sandwell listed building register
  • Old map (Staffordshire) 1890

Coordinates: 52°30′07″N 1°58′46″W / 52.5020°N 1.9794°W / 52.5020; -1.9794