Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Denbighshire, Wales, UK
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Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ddraig Ddu
N 52° 58.354 W 003° 05.231
30U E 494144 N 5869222
Quick Description: Situated in north-eastern Wales, the 18 kilometre long Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal is a feat of civil engineering of the Industrial Revolution, completed in the early years of the 19th century.
Location: North Wales, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 12/26/2010 2:06:56 PM
Waymark Code: WMACMD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Tervas
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Long Description:

Completed in 1805, it is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain, a Grade I Listed Building and a World Heritage Site as of 2009

When the bridge was built it linked the villages of Froncysyllte, at the southern end of the bridge in the Cysyllte township of Llangollen parish (from where it takes its name), and Trevor, at the northern end of the bridge in the Trevor Isaf township of Llangollen parish. Both townships were later transferred to Wrexham County Borough following local government reorganisation.

The name is in the Welsh language and means "Cysyllte Bridge". For most of its existence it was known as Pont y Cysyllte ("Bridge of Cysyllte"). Other translations such as "Bridge of the Junction" or "The Bridge that links" are modern, and incorrect, inventions, from the literal English translation of cysyllte being "junctions" or "links".

Covering a difficult geographical setting, the building of the canal required substantial, bold civil engineering solutions, especially as it was built without using locks. The aqueduct is a pioneering masterpiece of engineering and monumental metal architecture, conceived by the celebrated civil engineer Thomas Telford.

The use of both cast and wrought iron in the aqueduct enabled the construction of arches that were light and strong, producing an overall effect that is both monumental and elegant.

The property is inscribed as a masterpiece of creative genius, and as a remarkable synthesis of expertise already acquired in Europe. It is also recognized as an innovative ensemble that inspired many projects all over the world.

To log this as a find have a walk near to, over or under, and capture a new picture of the view and/or the aqueduct. you ,may place yourself in the shot, but I don't mind.

Type: Site

Reference number: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1303

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