The great girder bridges over the Menai Strait and at Saltash near Plymouth, erected in the middle of the i 9th century, were entirely of wrought iron, and subsequently wrought iron girder bridges were extensively used on railways.
- Span of Saltash Bridge.
Brunel adopted this principle for the Saltash bridge near Plymouth, built soon after the Britannia bridge.
SALTASH, a municipal borough in the Bodmin parliamentary division of Cornwall, England, 5 m.
At Saltash the Royal Albert bridge (1857-1859) carries the railway across the estuary.
The fisheries for which Saltash was famous have suffered from the chemicals brought down by the Tamar; but there is a considerable seafaring population, and the town is a recruiting ground for the Royal Navy.
The Sunday market established by the count of Mortain at his castle of Trematon, which ruined the bishop of Exeter's market at St Germans, was probably held at Saltash a short distance from the castle.
Saltash (Esse, 1297; Ash, 1302; Assheburgh, 1392) belonged to the manor of Trematon and the latter at the time of the Domesday Survey was held by Reginald de Valletort of the count.
Reginald's descendant and namesake granted a charter (undated) to Saltash about 1190.
Roger de Valletort, the last male heir of the family, gave the honour of Trematon and with it the borough of Saltash to Richard, king of the Romans and earl of Cornwall.
In 1832 Saltash was deprived of its two members.
Saltash was sufficiently considerable as a port in the 16th century to furnish a frigate at the town's expense against the Armada.