Monday, 11 May 2009

Stewart Aqueduct

Stewart Aqueduct
Birmingham Canal Navigations - Old and New Main Lines

A Thomas Telford addition to the BCN network which was completed in 1829. It stands close to another of Telfords aqueducts at the Engine Arm, but in spite of it being completed just four years later, its construction is utterly different. In place of the fine wrought ironwork we see a solid brick built aqueduct which has more than a passing resemblance to a typical Brindley construction, whose original canal line it carries.

The aqueduct is a Grade 2 listed structure and is sited close to Spon Lane locks, the oldest surviving chambers on the canal system. The Aqueduct crosses the New Main Line on two skewed arches with a central support rising from the middle of the lover navigation channel. At some point retaining buttresses have been added to this central cutwater.

Captains own collection
A rare example of a canal crossing another canal canal, with road, rail and motorway all compressed into one small area.

Whilst the M5 is never beautiful, I think that its looming presence overhead enhances the image, if not the ambiance!

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