Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

This is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, or to give it its full Welsh name, Traphont Ddŵr Pontcysyllte1, which carries the Llangollen Canal over the valley of the River Dee in north east Wales, and which has recently been recognised as one of the most important engineering accomplishments of all time. Completed over 200 years ago, this stunningly beautiful engineering masterpiece was designed by everyone’s favourite2 civil engineer Thomas Telford (1757 – 1834), and to this day it remains the longest and highest aqueduct in the UK. Despite scepticism at the time (this was the late 1700s after all), Telford…

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