The Lune Aqueduct
is a navigable aqueduct
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that carries the Lancaster Canal
The Lancaster Canal is a canal in the north of England, originally planned to run from Westhoughton in Lancashire to Kendal in south Cumbria...
over the River Lune
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, on the east side of the city of Lancaster
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, England. It is was completed in 1797 at a total cost of £48,320.18s.10d.
It is a Grade I listed building
The aqueduct is a traditional structure of that time, consisting of five brick arches supporting the stone trough. Within the piers, special volcanic pozzolana
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powder was imported to be mixed with cement, which allowed the concrete to set under water.
Because of the rush to finish the initial stages, before the winter floods, the construction was carried out around the clock and the final bill for the project was over £30,000 over budget (2.6 times the original estimate). This vast overspend was the reason that the Lancaster canal was never joined to the main canal network – there wasn’t enough money for the planned aqueduct over the River Ribble
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at the southern end of the canal.
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plans to spend £3m on re-lining and repairing the Grade I listed structure.
This upgrade will also make the structure more accessible for visitors, including new signs, notice boards and car parking.
The structure bears two inscriptions:
- North side: "To Public Prosperity"
- South side: "Things that are wanting are brought together / Things remote are connected / Rivers themselves meet by the assistance of art / To afford new objects of commerce" (translated from the Latin
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- Canals of the United Kingdom
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- List of canal aqueducts in the United Kingdom