Created 12-Jun-12
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Situated in north-eastern Wales, the 18 kilometre long Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal is a feat of civil engineering of the Industrial Revolution, completed in the early years of the 19th century. Covering a difficult geographical setting, the building of the canal required substantial, bold civil engineering solutions, especially as it was built without using locks. The aqueduct is a pioneering masterpiece of engineering and monumental metal architecture, conceived by the celebrated civil engineer Thomas Telford. The use of both cast and wrought iron in the aqueduct enabled the construction of arches that were light and strong, producing an overall effect that is both monumental and elegant. The property is inscribed as a masterpiece of creative genius, and as a remarkable synthesis of expertise already acquired in Europe. I cannot imagine a waterway in an undulating terrain with no locks!!!
The wife of the canal keeper was a nice acquaintance who shared her magnificient English garden with us.Elevated Aqueduct with horse path for drawing barges of coalSurreal to see a boat go 121 ft above groundUnusual sight of The River Dee and the canal at two heightsWorld Heritage Citation.Picture postcard Victorian enginneering

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