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Clifton Aqueduct

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Clifton Aqueduct, built in 1796, carried the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal across the River Irwell in Salford, England. It is preserved as a Grade II listed building.

The construction is of dressed stone with brick arches. Three segmental arches with keystones rest on triangular-ended cutwaters. Above the cutwaters are flat Pilasters. A C20 brick parapet remains on the eastern side. There is a tow-path on each side, and the aqueduct contains grooves for stop planks to be inserted, to drain the canal.

The aqueduct was engineered by Charles Roberts and John Nightingale.

The aqueduct is one of two remaining along the canal route, the other being Prestolee Aqueduct. The canal is currently undergoing restoration (at the time of writing, at the Salford end of the canal) and is hoped to be in operation around 2020.


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