Pool Lock Aqueduct - Kidsgrove, UK
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N 53° 05.474 W 002° 15.321
30U E 549868 N 5882678
Quick Description: This 'flyover' aqueduct carries the Macclesfield Canal over the Trent and Mersey Canal.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 4/25/2016 1:18:11 PM
Waymark Code: WMR0XW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita
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Long Description:
The Macclesfield Canal was one of the last narrow canals to be built, indeed, it was very nearly built as a railway! A variety of ideas were proposed and the present canal was approved by Act of Parliament in April 1826. The route of the canal was surveyed by Thomas Telford and construction was engineered by William Crosley. The completed canal was opened on 9th November 1831 at a cost of £320,000.

The route takes the canal from Marple Junction with the Peak Forest Canal in the north 26¼ miles to the stop lock at Hall Green near Kidsgrove passing along the side of the most westerly Pennine hills through High Lane, Higher Poynton, Bollington, Macclesfield and Congleton, all in Cheshire, and Kidsgrove in Staffordshire in the south. Nowadays we normally regard the last 1½ miles to Harding's Wood Junction with the Trent & Mersey Canal as a part of the Macclesfield Canal although it was built as a branch of the T&MC. link

The Trent and Mersey Canal
As its name implies, the Trent and Mersey canal (T & M) was built to link the River Trent at Derwent Mouth (in Derbyshire) to the River Mersey.

The plan of a canal connection from the Mersey to the Trent ("The Grand Trunk") came from canal engineer James Brindley. It was authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1766 and the first sod was cut by Josiah Wedgwood in July that year at Middleport. In 1777, the canal was completed, including more than 70 locks and five tunnels, with the company headquarters in Stone. link

The Aqueduct
The short stretch of canal from the main line of the Trent and Mersey Canal to Hall Green which is nominally the end of the Macclesfield Canal was actually built by Trent and Mersey canal engineers, but is regarded as part of the Macclesfield Canal.

The actual junction where the branch leaves the main line is a normal right-angle junction called Hardings Wood Junction. The branch leaves the main line on the south side, then immediately turns 90 degrees clockwise. It runs westwards alongside the main line, maintaining the original level while the main line drops through two locks. At the Red Bull settlement, the branch turns 90 degrees right, to head north and cross the main line on Poole Lock aqueduct.

The Aqueduct is a Historic England Grade II Listed Building link with the following text "Aqueduct and footbridge. Dated 1828. Red brick (English bond) with stone parapet string and stone coped parapet. Low segmental arch spanning the Trent and Mersey Canal with rusticated ashlar surround. The abutments sweep forward and are terminated by wide pilaster buttresses with squat pyramidal caps. Over the arch is a stone panel bearing the inscription "POOL LOCK / AQUEDUCT / MDCCCXXVIII". On top of the aqueduct, spanning the Macclesfield Canal is a footbridge: red and blue brick abutments and cast iron bridge and balustrade."
What type of traffic does this bridge support?: Canal boats on the canal, and pedestrian and cyclists on towpath

What kind of gap does this bridge cross?:
The mainline of the Trent and Mersey Canal

Date constructed: 1828

Is the bridge still in service for its original purpose?: Yes

Name of road or trail the bridge services: The Macclesfield Canal

Kidsgrove, Staffordshire

Length of bridge: Not listed

Height of bridge: Not listed

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