Walton Bridge and Coway Sales, Walton-on-Thames
Samuel Dicker (?-1760), politician. Dicker was responsible for the building of the first Walton Bridge. He owned plantations in Jamaica, and in 1738 was appointed a Councillor of Jamaica. In 1754, Dicker was elected MP for Plymouth, a seat he held until his death in 1760. He was also a landowner in Walton-on-Thames, with an estate at Mount Felix. In 1750, he built the first bridge across the Thames at Walton at his own expense, obtaining an Act of Parliament to enable him to build it and levy tolls. Canaletto signed and dedicated his Indian ink pen and wash drawing of the bridge: "Desegnato da me Antonio Canal detto il Canaleto appressa il mio Quadra Dippinto in Londra 1755 Per Il Signiore Cavaliere Dicker". He also painted the bridge in 1755.