Galton Bridge, Smethwick, West Midlands, 1826.
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Lithographic print by Louis Haghe after an original drawing by R Bridgens, depicting Galton Bridge, designed by Thomas Telford (1757-1834) and 'erected over the new line of the Birmingham Canal at Smethwick in 1826'. It shows a landscaped elevation view of the road bridge over the canal, with pedestrian and carriage traffic passing across. On the canal, there are three horsedrawn barges - one a Pickford No 3, and one steered by a woman. In the distance there is a second road bridge. When built, Galton Bridge was the longest single span bridge over the largest man-made cutting in the world. This bridge was still in use at the start of the 21st century.