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Stretton Aqueduct
A5, near Penkridge, Staffordshire, UK
Stretton Aqueduct
associated engineer
Thomas Telford
date  1832 - 1833
UK era  Georgian  |  category  Aqueduct  |  reference  SJ871107
ICE reference number  HEW 228
photo  PHEW
This cast iron trough aqueduct carries the Birmingham & Liverpool Junction Canal at an angle over the A5 at Stretton. The span is 30ft between curved brick abutments.
The aqueduct's waterway is 11ft wide with a towpath at each side: 21ft in total. The trough is made up of five sections, each 6ft 6in long and supported by six iron ribs. Each of these is cast in two sections and bolted at the peak of the arch. A parapet, also of cast iron, runs along the east side to a height of 3ft 9in from the towpath. Domed, circular brickwork towers stand at all four corners of the roadway and are repeated on the abutments.
The roadway beneath was lowered by 4ft in 1961-2 to increase headroom beneath the arch, and additional supports for both aqueduct and the original abutments were also provided at that time.
Contractor: William Hazledine
reference sources   CEH Wales&West

Stretton Aqueduct