Wey and Arun Junction Canal
19th June 2009
The fascinating thing about researching aqueducts is how one structure inevitably seems to lead to another.
My research into Gosden Aqueduct took me to the Dungewick Aqueduct, its peer to the south of the summit pound. This carried (or I can now say carries) the canal over the River Arun, or the River Lox, or the River Chid or maybe even the River Tarrant - no one seems quite sure what it is called.
Dungewick Aqueduct 1937
The original structure was very similar to the Gosden, except it comprised three low arches rather than four. This brick built structure was demolished in the 1950's but has formed part of the Loxwood Extension to the ongoing Wey and Arun restoration project, and was reinstated as a single span concrete channel in 2003 to comply with EA requirements for an unimpeded food relief channel.
The end result may not have the patina of ages ingrained into its brickwork, but it certainly does the job and is a huge shot in the arm for the committed band who continue to work on this ambitious restoration project.
The story of its reconstruction is lovingly documented at www.weyandarun.co.uk from which these two images were obtained.