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Thirlmere Aqueduct

The Thirlmere Aqueduct is a 96-mile long water supply system built by the Manchester Corporation Water Works between 1890 and 1925. The aqueduct was built to carry approximately 55,000,000 imperial gallons per day of water from Thirlmere Reservoir to Manchester.

There are some interesting engineering structures on the route, a few of which are pictured here.

The majority of the aqueduct was built by cut-and-cover and so is only just below ground level. To ensure continuous access by maintenance staff, in most places where the route crossed a road or field boundary, a gate was built. These have a characteristic construction with stone stoops and iron gate, with spiked staves.

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Characteristic Thirlmere Aqueduct gate, between fields near the stone aqueduct in Higher Wheelton east of Preston.
Photograph taken on 14/09/2013 at 12:21
Interior view of the very impressive stone structure of the Thirlmere Aqueduct aqueduct, near Higher Wheelton, east of Preston.
Photograph taken on 14/09/2013 at 12:25
The Thirlmere Aqueduct crosses a small valley by this very impressive stone structure near Higher Wheelton, east of Preston.
Photograph taken on 14/09/2013 at 12:26
The pipe bridge by which the Thirlmere Aqueduct crosses the Fallowfield Loop former railway line, near Nelstrop Road North, between Levenshulme and Reddish.
Photograph taken on 05/05/2014 at 15:06
Characteristic Thirlmere Aqueduct gate, on Nelstrop Road North where the Aqueduct crosses the Fallowfield Loop former railway line.
Photograph taken on 05/05/2014 at 15:08
The Thirlmere Aqueduct crosses the River Lune near Caton, east of Lancaster, by this ornate pipe bridge. This is a very distant view, closer access is by a footpath.
Photograph taken on 17/05/2014 at 12:10
This is the view across the fields to the Thirlmere Aqueduct crossing of the River Lune near Caton, east of Lancaster. The downstream valve house, with green door, is visible to the right of the picture. There are five of the characteristic Thirlmere Aqueduct gates at the field boundaries in this view.
Photograph taken on 17/05/2014 at 12:26
Characteristic Thirlmere Aqueduct gate, on the A683 Lancaster Road in Caton in Lancashire.
Photograph taken on 17/05/2014 at 12:29
Thirlmere Aqueduct valve house near the fire station in Stretford, near Manchester.
Photograph taken on 23/05/2014 at 17:32

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