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Thirlmere Aqueduct over the River Irwell

A Grade II Listed Building in Pendlebury, Salford

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Latitude: 53.5146 / 53°30'52"N

Longitude: -2.293 / 2°17'34"W

OS Eastings: 380669

OS Northings: 402030

OS Grid: SD806020

Mapcode National: GBR D63.73

Mapcode Global: WH983.RX9J

Plus Code: 9C5VGP74+RR

Entry Name: Thirlmere Aqueduct over the River Irwell

Listing Date: 20 February 1996

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1255297

English Heritage Legacy ID: 459265

Location: Salford, M27

County: Salford

Electoral Ward/Division: Pendlebury

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Pendlebury St John the Evangelist

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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Listing Text


20-FEB-1996 Thirlmere Aqueduct
over the River Irwell


Water Supply Aqueduct, 1892, constructed for the Manchester Corporation Water Works. Engineers, J F Bateman and G Hill. Cast iron arches, spandrels and parapet balustrading, rising from ashlar and coursed squared gritstone block abutments and intermediate piers. Triple-arched structure, the arched sides with decorative pierced spandrels linked by pierced transverse girders. Above the arches, a broad band of triangular strutting, then a shallow band of similar design and then the arcaded parapet balustrading with moulded handrail. At the centre of the balustrade to the central arch, a plaque bearing the coat of arms of the Manchester Corporation and the inscription 'Manchester Corporation Water Works - 1892'. Intermediate piers with ashlar facings, and carved and domed cutwaters to north-west side. Springing stones for cast-iron arches above, projecting cornice at level of parapet base, and projecting moulded caps. Ashlar-faced abutments with the cornice at the same level as they occur in the piers, ashlar parapet and heavy moulded coping. Aqueduct deck divided into 3 longitudinal bays by intermediate metal strutting, and carrying 2 large-section water supply pipes, and subsidiary piping in third bay. A carefully-proportioned structure designed to harmonise with the adjacent road bridge, and a prominent component of one of the most ambitious of the late-C19 civic water supply projects, designed to supply Manchester with water from the Lake District.

The aqueduct is also included in the list for the Metropolitan Borough of Bury.

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