SP1660 : Edstone Aqueduct

taken 6 years ago, near to Newnham, Warwickshire, Great Britain

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Edstone Aqueduct
Edstone Aqueduct
Looking north along the surface of the frozen Stratford-upon-Avon Canal, inside the trough of the Edstone Aqueduct. The temperature was about six degrees, and the second day of above zero after a week or more of sub zero. The layer of ice covering the canal was starting to thaw at the edges, and slightly bobbing around as the wind blew across the exposed aqueduct.
The photo was taken by leaning out across the canal and placing the camera on the ice, the delay timer being used to make the exposure.
The aqueduct was built in 1814 and is the longest in England at 146 metres. It stands on 13 brick built pillars, at a maximum height of 11 metres, and underwent extensive renovation work completed in 2004.
The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal
The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal links the Worcester and Birmingham Canal at King's Norton Junction with the River Avon at Stratford. The canal is 255 miles long, and has 56 locks*, the last onto the river being a broad lock. The canal was built in several stages (including changes of route) from 1793 on, finally opening fully to the River Avon in 1815.

By the 1950s the section north of Lapworth was rarely being used, and the southern section from Lapworth was badly silted with some unusable locks. It is believed that the last boat reached Stratford in the early 1930s, though a pleasure cruiser reached Wilmcote at Easter in 1947.

Threat of total closure of the southern section in the mid 1950s caused protests, leading to an enquiry in 1958, and a big public campaign to save the canal, so the abandonment plans were reversed in 1959.

The National Trust took on the task of restoring the southern section of the canal in 1960, leading to its re-opening by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on 11 July 1964. Control was passed to the British Waterways Board in 1988, then to the Canal and River Trust in 2012.

*One stop-lock at King's Norton is unused and open, another at Kingswood Junction is duplicated.

(Details reduced from Nicholson's Waterways Guide No 2)
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Tuesday, 14 February, 2012   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 14 February, 2012
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Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Air, Sky, Weather  Canals 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 1620 6092 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:14.7736N 1:45.8487W
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