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Victoria Bridge, Glasgow
River Clyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Victoria Bridge, Glasgow
associated engineer
James Walker
date  9th April 1851 - 1st January 1854
era  Victorian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  NS591646
ICE reference number  HEW 815
photo  Jane Joyce
James Wallker's masonry bridge over the Clyde between Stockwell Green and Gorbals Road in central Glasgow is now the oldest road bridge crossing the river.
The bridge has five low-rise segmental arches, set on a skew of 61 degrees. They vary in span from 20.4m to the widest in the centre, which measures some 24.4m wide and rises only 3.2m.
It is constructed in light-coloured local sandstone and faced with granite from Kingston, near Dublin. The foundation stone was laid on the 9th April 1851 by the Duke of Atholl, and the bridge is considered one of the finest examples of its type in Scotland.
James Walker (nephew of Ralph Walker), its engineer, was born in Falkirk but lived all his working life in London. His firm is perhaps best known for its work on ports, lighthouses and canal and river navigations. Walker was a judge at the Rainhill trials held the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, which were famously won by Stehenson's Rocket, proving the worth of steam locomotives.
Contractor: William Scott
Research: JJ
reference sources   CEH SLBBDCE

Victoria Bridge, Glasgow