John Rennie’s finest work it was built to carry the canal over the river Avon and later the railway, completed in 1805 it is a three arch design built from Bath Stone about 140m long. Named after the first chairman of the K&A Canal Company. it was an important economic connection to the Somerset Coal Canal and onwards via the Wilts and berks Canal to the Thames for carrying coal. The sonework crumbled badly over time and was empty of water but was relined as part of restoration in 1984 with concrete and with subsequent restoration works to stone and water-proofing all is well and open for navigation.
Definitely a way to get a sense of the mighty engineering feats the canal networks in Britain relied upon to succeed and to open up transport to deal with the increased productivity across the country that came with the industrial revolution. The network made railways easy by comparison…?
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