Pontcysyllte Aqueduct over the River Dee (Feb 1990)

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pedrocut on July 19, 2010

A navigable aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal over the valley of the River Dee, between the villages of Trevor and Froncysyllte, in Wrexham in north east Wales. Completed in 1805, it is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain, a Grade I Listed Building and a World Heritage Site.

The aqueduct, built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop, is 1,007 ft (307 m) long, 11 ft (3.4 m) wide and 5.25 ft (1.60 m) deep. It consists of a cast iron trough supported 126 ft (38 m) above the river on iron arched ribs carried on nineteen hollow masonry piers (pillars). Each span is 53 ft (16 m) wide. Despite considerable public scepticism, Telford was confident the construction method would work: he had previously built at least one cast iron trough aqueduct - the Longdon-on-Tern aqueduct on the Shrewsbury Canal, still visible in the middle of a field, though the canal was abandoned years ago. Part of what was originally called the Ellesmere Canal, it was one of the first major feats of civil engineering undertaken by Telford, by then a leading civil engineer, supervised by Jessop, the more experienced canal engineer. The iron was supplied by William Hazledine from his foundries at Shrewsbury and nearby Cefn Mawr. It was opened on 26 November 1805, having taken around ten years to design and build at a total cost of £47,000 (£2,930,000 as of 2010).

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Diggory Venn on September 27, 2011

Hi Peter!It is far from Birmingham!Why did You get there?Old Good Russian Friend Diggory Venn!

pedrocut on September 27, 2011

About 100km from Birmingham Diggory.

We travelled many miles just to walk in the countryside!

This picture is actually in Wales.

Best wishes Peter

Diggory Venn on September 27, 2011

Oh Peter!100km by walking!You are wonderful sportsman!My best regards and respect!:)

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Photo taken in Llangollen Rural, Wrexham, UK

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