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Latitude: 52.5327 / 52°31'57"N
Longitude: -3.2658 / 3°15'56"W
OS Eastings: 314235
OS Northings: 293510
OS Grid: SO142935
Mapcode National: GBR 9V.FGMH
Mapcode Global: VH684.BLWT
Entry Name: Aberbechan Aqueduct
Listing Date: 14 July 1997
Last Amended: 14 July 1997
Source ID: 18540
Building Class: Water Supply and Drainage
Location: Carries the Montgomeryshire Canal over the Bechan Brook on the boundary of Llandyssil and Newtown Communities.
Community: Llandyssil (Llandysul)
Traditional County: Montgomeryshire
The western branch of the Montgomeryshire Canal from Garthmyl to Newtown was built between 1815 and 1819-21 (Josiah Jessop, engineer, John Williams, builder). The original aqueduct at Aberbechan was repaired in 1859, collapsed and was rebuilt re-using much of the original facing stone, probably in the same year. There is also evidence of later C19 repair.
Three-arched masonry aqueduct. Planned on a concave curve over the Bechan Brook, and comprising 3 segmental arches. Finely dressed stone, with hoodmoulds and a string course over the arches. Main central arch flanked by keeled cutwaters, from which spring pilasters articulating the high stone-faced wall of the trough above the arches. This wall terminates in a plain cornice, with simple cast-iron railings on the tow-path side.
Included as a fine example of a small masonry aqueduct, and an important element in the engineering of the Montgomeryshire Canal.
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