Chirk Aqueduct – an unlikely love affair

The Chirk Aqueduct is like a big bridge, but worse, a bridge with water flowing on it. The thing is, I like bridges the same way that Alice (my cat) likes car rides. It’s best for me if they come as a surprise. Even better if I’m bribed to attend. Positively awesome when someone else does the driving (then I can sit with my head in my hands and quietly rock). In my mind I know bridges and aqueducts are a necessity. My good friend NBH has teased me many a time about my very real fear- even commenting in one of his vlogs that I might want to ‘put on a pair of heels and walk past the kitchen sink’ to get over my fear! Heartless, it’s equal to me telling Alice to put on some driving goggles and go make a mix tape for road trips.

(By the way does anyone still say ‘mix tape’? I’ll ask NBH.)

Crossing Chirk Aqueduct
Chirk Aqueduct

It’s like falling- falling in love

Chirk Aqueduct came as a surprise to me. I never really understood that it existed. However, now, I have to admit, I’ve fallen a little bit in love with it. World Heritage listed- you know I have good taste- and well deserving of the esteem that comes with that listing. Partly because of it’s grandeur and mostly because of it’s engineering marvellousness. Stretching 70 feet into the sky, the aqueduct is mischievously beautiful. With an elevated train line, running like a lace of bricks, that serves to add beauty and a sense of grandeur. The juxtaposition of the speedy train line with the pootling canal successfully punctuates a statement about time and distance and engineering achievement. 

Chirk Railway Viaduct
Railway viaduct alongside the Chirk Aqueduct

Like it’s younger sibling- the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, the Chirk Aqueduct was built to carry the water from the Horse Shoe falls to the Shropshire Union Canal. In doing so it gives us an unforgettable ride, captivating scenery and pause to reflect on the engineering prowess of Thomas Telford and William Jessop in the late 1700’s. 

Have you ever accidentally fallen in love with a World Heritage listed site? Maybe you’ve been to visit the Chirk Aqueduct? Drop us a comment below, we’d love to hear about it.

Further articles of interest

William Jessop- Exploring the life and legacy of a modest engineer

Chirk Aqueduct

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