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Rabone Lane Canal Junction Bridges
Birmingham Canal, Smethwick, Birmingham
associated engineer
Thomas Telford
date  1828
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SP028890
ICE reference number  HEW 1197
Two semi-elliptical cast iron bridges built as part of Telford's improvements to the Birmingham Canal and attractive examples of a much-used design of towpath bridge in the region.
The span of each bridge is 52ft 6in between brickwork abutments with stone facings. The rise of the arch is 9ft, and the shape designed to give sufficient headroom to towpath traffic passing underneath.
The ribs of each bridge are cast in two sections, and form the parapets. These are supported by latticework, the decorative aspect of which is accented by a quatrefoil pattern stamped below the handrail.
The roadway is of cast iron plates, each with 2.5in deep ribs cast on the deck side and filled with earth.
Ironwork: Horseley Iron Works
reference sources   CEH W&W

Rabone Lane Canal Junction Bridges