Stretton Aqueduct

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Stretton Aqueduct
Thomas Telford aqueduct over A5.jpg
Stretton Aqueduct carrying the Shropshire Union Canal over the A5. The inscription in the centre panel reads: "Birmingham and Liverpool Canal Thos. Telford F.R.S.L.& E. Engineer 1832"
Coordinates 52°41′39″N 2°11′22″W / 52.694267°N 2.189412°W / 52.694267; -2.189412Coordinates: 52°41′39″N 2°11′22″W / 52.694267°N 2.189412°W / 52.694267; -2.189412
Heritage status Grade II
Width 21 feet (6.4 m)
Construction begin 1832 (1832)
Opened 1835
Stretton Aqueduct from the canal

Stretton Aqueduct is a short cast iron[1][2] canal aqueduct between Stretton and Brewood, and near to Belvide Reservoir, in south Staffordshire, England. Designed by Thomas Telford[2] and bearing his name plus its date of construction, 1832,[2][3] it carries the Shropshire Union Canal (formerly the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal) 30 feet (9.1 m) over the A5 road[1] at a skewed angle.[2]

The aqueduct has five sections, each 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) long, held together by bolts and supported by six cast iron arch ribs, each in two sections and joined at the centre of the arch.[2] It was cast by William Hazledine of Shrewsbury.[2] The trough is 21 feet (6.4 m) wide with an 11 feet (3.4 m) wide channel of water and a towpath on either side.[2] The Staffordshire blue brick abutments have stone dressings.[3]

During 1961–62, the road under the aqueduct was lowered by about 4 feet (1.2 m) to allow taller vehicles to pass underneath.[2]

It was one of Telford's last aqueducts[4] and has been grade II listed since 1985.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Four counties & the Welsh canals. (New ed.). London :: Nicholson,. 2006. pp. 184 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 21 cm. ISBN 978-0-00-721112-8. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Cragg, Roger (1997). Wales and west central England. Civil Engineering Heritage (2 ed.). Institution of Civil Engineers. pp. 207–8. ISBN 0-7277-2576-9. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  3. ^ a b c Historic England. "Stretton Aqueduct - Grade II Listed (271397)". Images of England. 
  4. ^ "Focus on Aqueducts". Images of England: News. English Heritage. 2009-08-09. Retrieved 2009-08-09.