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Longdon-on-Tern Aqueduct

Longdon-on-Tern, Shropshire

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Built by Thomas Telford it was the first large scale cast iron navigable aqueduct at Longdon-on-Tern, Shropshire.

It still stands in a field although the rest of the canal was abandoned in 1944. The construction of this is very similar to the better known Pontcysyllte Aqueduct  on the Llangollen Canal, built later by Telford,  although its far higher off the ground.

This was built to replace a stone aqueduct that was wasted away in a storm.

Now a scheduled monument there is public access to it from an adjoining road, a layby has a brown tourist sign getting you onto a public footpath that goes through a field and a couple of cattle safety gates.

Aqueduct bed from the Southern face of the site. by Rob Davis

The masonry arches on the eastern end of the aqueduct. By Rob Davis

Picture by Roger Dean

Location: Longdon-on-Tern Aqueduct, nr Telford, Shropshire

Grid Reference: SJ617156 Ceremonial County: Shropshire

Map Link: Google 

Aerial photo: Google Aerial

Getting there: From Telford and the M54 take the A442 north at the junction of the A5223 go straight over onto the B4394 and the first right onto the B5063 to Longdon On Tern. The aqueduct is in a field on the right hand side over the river.

Access: Brown tourist sign points to a layby from where a public footpath leads to the aqueduct, via a couple of cattle-safety gates.
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