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281204-06. © NRT, 2004
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Trevor, near Wrecsam, UK, 28 December, 2004

This is the largest aqueduct in the UK, carrying the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union Canal 305m (1,007' ) across the valley of the Afon Dyfrdwy (River Dee), 38 m (126' ) above the river itself. Nineteen cast-iron arches link eighteen piers of local Cefn sandstone.
An early project by Thomas Telford, later world-famous and the first President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Aqueduct is currently under consideration for UNESCO World Heritage status.
It's possible to become a little blasé about the achievements of the great engineers, but remember that the Aqueduct is rather older than most. Having taken ten years to build, it opened in 1805, the year of the Battle of Trafalgar &ndash the Georgian era of wooden sailing ships and cannon, not Victorian steam-driven technology. The whole structure cost £47,000 18s 0d and only one death.

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