SP0288 : Engine Arm Aqueduct, Birmingham Canal

taken 2 months ago, near to Smethwick, Sandwell, Great Britain

Engine Arm Aqueduct, Birmingham Canal
Engine Arm Aqueduct, Birmingham Canal
Detail of the decorative Gothic arcade. The paint scheme is modern, to highlight the decorative features. Originally it is likely to have been painted black.
Engine Arm Aqueduct
This formed part of Thomas Telford's improvement of the Birmingham Canal and was built around 1828. The work incorporated the 3.6 mile long Smethwick Cutting, at the time one of the largest earthworks to have been carried out.

The Engine Arm intersected the line of the new cut, but was needed for two main reasons firstly to maintain a supply of coal to the Smethwick Pumping Engine, and secondly to maintain the water supply from Rotton Park Reservoir into the old summit level.

The aqueduct consists of a cast iron trough, 8 feet wide, supported on a cast iron arch of 52 feet span consisting of 5 ribs, three of which support the trough with the outer ones supporting the towpaths and bracing to the sides of the trough. The towpath support consists of an arcade of Gothic arches with quatrefoil spandrels.

As with most of the bridges erected as part of the Telford rebuilding, the ironwork was cast at the Horseley Iron Works at Tipton.

The aqueduct is Listed Grade II* and is also designated as a Scheduled Monument. The Listing includes the brick arch towpath bridge at the junction.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 5 September, 2019   (more nearby)
Thursday, 12 September, 2019
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Suburb, Urban fringe  Canals 
Canal (from Tags)
Birmingham Canal Navigations 
Period (from Tags)
Early 19th Century 
Date (from Tags)
Name (from Tags)
Thomas Telford 
Building Material (from Tags)
Cast Iron 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0237 8889 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:29.8746N 1:57.9911W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 0233 8889
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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Canal Aqueduct  Grade II(star) Listed  Scheduled Monument 

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