View of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, North Wales
Artist: Parry, I.
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
The Pontcysyllte aqueduct is the highest in the United Kingdom standing approximately 120 feet above the river Dee. Built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop it was completed in 1805, having taken 10 years to build. The aqueduct carries the Llangollen Canal across the river and was part of the Ellesmere Canal Company’s plan to link the River Dee near Chester with the Severn at Shrewsbury. A cast iron trough was laid on the top of a row of stone plinths with a narrow towpath for horses to one side. The aqueduct takes its name from a triple arched bridge a little further up the river and, literally translated, means ‘the bridge that connects the river’. Telford also later built the world's first modern suspension bridge, again in north Wales, spanning the Menai Straits between Bangor and the island of Anglesey.