Galton Bridge, Thomas Telford, and Samuel Galton white plaque in Smethwick

Galton Bridge
Built in 1829 by Thomas Telford.
When completed, Galton Bridge was the longest single-span bridge over the largest earthworks in the world. The bridge was named after Samuel Galton, major shareholder.

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). 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.

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Thomas Telford FRS, FRSE (1757–1834) was a Scottish civil engineer, architect and stonemason, and a noted road, bridge and canal builder. After establishing himself as an engineer of road and canal projects in Shropshire, he designed numerous infrastructure projects in his native Scotland, as well as harbours and tunnels. Such was his reputation as a prolific designer of highways and related bridges, he was dubbed The Colossus of Roads, and, reflecting his command of all types of civil engineering in the early 19th century, he was elected as the first President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a post he retained for 14 years until his death.

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Samuel "John" Galton Jr. FRS (18 June 1753 - 19 June 1832), born in Duddeston, Birmingham, England. Despite being a Quaker he was an arms manufacturer. He was a member of the Lunar Society and lived at Great Barr Hall.He married Lucy Barclay (1757–1817), daughter of Robert Barclay, MP, 5th of Urie. They had the following children: Mary Anne Galton (1778–1856), married Lambert Schimmelpenick in 1806 Sophia Galton (1782–1863) married Charles Brewin in 1833 Samuel Tertius Galton (1783–1844) (whose son Francis Galton was also notable) Theodore Galton (1784–1810) Adele Galton (1784–1869) married John Kaye Booth, MD in 1827, dsp. Hubert John Barclay Galton (1789–1864) Ewen Cameron Galton, (1791–1800), died aged 9. John Howard Galton (1794–1862), father of Douglas Strutt Galton.Galton owned 300 acres (120 ha) of land at Westhay Moor, Somerset, which he had drained, by constructing Galton's Canal.

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