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CHIRK AQUEDUCT, LLANGOLLEN CANAL;ELLESMERE CANAL;SHROPSHIRE UNION CANAL, CHIRK

Manylion y Safle

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NPRN 34406

Cyfeirnod Map SJ23NE

Cyfeirnod Grid SJ2870037283

Awdurdod Lleol Wrecsam

Hen Sir Dinbych

Cymuned Chirk

Math o Safle TRAPHONT DDWR

Dosbarth Cyffredinol CLUDIANT

Cyfnod Ôl-Ganoloesol

Disgrifiad o´r Safle Designed by Thomas Telford, the aqueduct carries the Ellesmere Canal (later the Llangollen and Shropshire Union) across the valley of the Ceiriog River, seventy feet below. It has 10 curved stone arches with spans of 40ft. The canal itself is carried in an internal cast-iron trough. The foundation stone of the Chirk Aqueduct was laid on 17 June 1796 and work was completed in 1801 by John Simpson, William Hazledine of Salop Builders and William Davies of Chirk.

The Chirk Aqueduct was the first of the Welsh aqueducts to be constructed for the Llangollen canal (the Act for which was passed in 1793), and was industrially very important, as this section of canal allowed the coalfields, granite quarries and slate mines in the Ceiriog valley to be linked.

RCAHMW, 2010.

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