Clifton Aqueduct

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Clifton Aqueduct
Clifton Aqueduct from Clifton Viaduct.jpg
The aqueduct, as viewed from Clifton Viaduct
Carries Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal
Crosses River Irwell
Location Clifton, Greater Manchester
OS grid reference SD790034
Coordinates 53°31′40″N 2°19′02″W / 53.5277°N 2.3172°W / 53.5277; -2.3172Coordinates: 53°31′40″N 2°19′02″W / 53.5277°N 2.3172°W / 53.5277; -2.3172
Designer Charles Roberts and John Nightingale
Trough construction Stone
Pier construction Brick
Number of spans Three
Towpath(s) Both
Completion date 1796
Heritage status Grade II

Clifton Aqueduct, built in 1796, carried the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal across the River Irwell in Clifton, near Manchester, England. It is preserved as a Grade II listed structure.[1] The aqueduct is constructed of dressed stone with brick arches. Three segmental arches with keystones rest on triangular-ended cutwaters. Above the cutwaters are flat Pilasters. A C20 brick parapet remains on the eastern side. There is a towpath on each side, and the aqueduct contains grooves for stop planks to be inserted, to drain the canal.[1] The aqueduct was engineered by Charles Roberts and John Nightingale.

The aqueduct is one of two remaining along the canal route, the is the Prestolee Aqueduct. The canal is undergoing restoration and is hoped to be in operation around 2020.

As of 2011, the aqueduct is currently not in water.

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  1. ^ a b "Clifton Aqueduct". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-06-27. 

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