Stretton Aqueduct carrying the Shropshire Union Canal over the A5 road north of Brewood in England. Built by Telford in 1832. It is Grade II listed (Images of England number 271397).
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I have driven under this aqueduct many times over the years and have often wondered what it was like ‘up top’ but have never got round to stopping! It is good that other people have taken the time and trouble to take and share photographs. My thanks to all. John D
Stretton Aqueduct is a short cast iron canal aqueduct between Stretton and Brewood, and near to Belvide Reservoir, in south Staffordshire, England. Designed by Thomas Telford and bearing his name plus its date of construction, 1832, it carries the Shropshire Union Canal (formerly the Birmingham and Liverpool Junction Canal) 30 feet (9.1 m) over the A5 road at a skewed angle.
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. It was cast by William Hazledine of Shrewsbury. 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. The Staffordshire blue brick abutments have stone dressings.
During 1961-62, the road under the aqueduct was lowered by about 4 feet (1.2 m) to allow taller vehicles to pass underneath
It was one of Telford’s last aqueducts and has been grade II listed since 1985.
Approaching the Stretton Aqueduct, looking north.
The cast iron aqueduct was built by Sir Thomas Telford in 1832. It carries the canal across Watling Street, formerly a Roman Road, later the very busy A5, but now less so since the advent of motorways. A small boatyard thrives on the left beyond the aqueduct. May 2009 image: LinkExternal link Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved] © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
There is a thriving boatyard here just north of Stretton Aqueduct on the Shropshire Union Canal. Narrowboat “Chertsey” was built in 1937 by Harland and Wolff in 1937 for the Grand Union Canal Carrying Company, but is here wearing British Waterways colours, with its original fleet number 130. It was originally paired with the butty No 253 “Chesham”.
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A canalboat approaching Telford’s aqueduct on the Shropshire Union Canal (formerly Birmingham and Liverpool Canal). The aqueduct was one of Telford’s last, built in 1832 over the A5 Watling Street, and is Grade II listed.
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