Engine Arm Aqueduct
|Engine Arm Aqueduct|
The Engine Arm Aqueduct, cast by Horseley Ironworks
|OS grid reference|
|Carries||BCN Engine Arm|
|Crosses||BCN New Main Line|
|Maintained by||British Waterways|
|Heritage status||Scheduled Ancient Monument|
|Trough construction||Cast Iron|
|Total length||52 feet (15.8 m)|
|Width||8 feet (2.4 m)|
|No. of spans||One|
The Engine Arm Aqueduct near Smethwick, West Midlands, England, was built in 1825 by Thomas Telford to carry a water feeder, the Engine Arm, from Edgbaston Reservoir over the BCN New Main Line canal to the adjacent and parallel Old Main Line. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is Grade II* listed.
It is a 52-foot (16 m) span structure consisting of a cast-iron trough supported by a single arch with five ribs, each consisting of four sections with bolted joints. The trough is supported on three of the ribs, with the adjacent towpaths being supported by cast-iron arcades of Gothic-styled arches and columns. All cast-iron features were manufactured at the Horseley Ironworks in nearby Tipton. The waterway in the aqueduct is 8 feet (2.4 m) wide with the towpaths either side being 4-foot-4-inch (1.32 m) in width each. The eastern towpath is paved in brick with raised strips for horses.
- Sandwell Council - Top Ten Canal Attractions Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- Historic England. "Engine Arm Aqueduct (Grade II*) (1391874)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
- Civil Engineering Heritage: Wales and West Central England, (2nd Ed.), Roger Cragg, 1997, Thomas Telford (ISBN 0727725769)
- Canal Companion - Birmingham Canal Navigations, J. M. Pearson & Associates, 1989, ISBN 0-907864-49-X
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