Friday, 12 June 2009

Kelvin Aqueduct

Kelvin Aqueduct
Forth and Clyde Canal

This magnificent Robert Whitworth construction was built between 1787 and 1790, spanning the River Kelvin on four huge masonry arches, suspending the Forth and Clyde canal 70ft above the river.
A James Hopkins drawing showing a boat heading for the western terminis at Bowling on the River Clyde.

The structure is an impressive 400 feet long and was the largest aqueduct in the UK at the time of its construction.As with most pioneering civil engineering projects, things did not go according to plan and costs escalated to £8,500, £2,000 over budget.

After a long period of abandonment the canal has recently been restored now holds Sheduled Ancient Monument status.

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