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Lune Aqueduct, Lancaster Canal
Lune Aqueduct
site name:-   Lancaster Canal
site name:-   Lune, River
county:-   Lancashire
locality type:-   canal aqueduct
locality type:-   aqueduct
coordinates:-   SD48436390
1Km square:-   SD4863
10Km square:-   SD46

BNC50.jpg (taken 20.12.2006)  
BNC51.jpg  Inscribed stone, downstream face:-
"[ ]" (taken 20.12.2006)  

evidence:-   descriptive text:- West 1778 (11th edn 1821) 
source data:-   Guide book, A Guide to the Lakes, by Thomas West, published by William Pennington, Kendal, Cumbria once Westmorland, and in London, 1778 to 1821.
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Page 24:-  "[1] ... It [Lancaster Canal] is carried over the river Lune by the largest aqueduct in the kingdom, which is an amazing grand object, and is seen to advantage from Lancaster bridge, about two miles off."

evidence:-   old map:- West 1784 map
source data:-   Map, hand coloured engraving, A Map of the Lakes in Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire, scale about 3.5 miles to 1 inch, engraved by Paas, 53 Holborn, London, about 1784.
The canal aqueduct over the River Lune is drawn with the river crossing over the canal. 
item:-  Armitt Library : A1221.1
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evidence:-   road book:- Cary 1798 (2nd edn 1802) 
source data:-   Road book, itineraries, Cary's New Itinerary, by John Cary, 181 Strand, London, 2nd edn 1802.
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page 273-274  "At Lancaster, the Objects which claim the attention of the Traveller are ... and the Aqueduct Bridge over the Loyne near Beaumont Hall."
item:-  JandMN : 228.1
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evidence:-   descriptive text:- Baker 1802
source data:-   Perspective road map with sections in Lancashire, Westmorland, and Cumberland, by J Baker, London 1802.
pp.25-26:-  "... a noble aqueduct will be found on the right of the road [Lancaster to Kendal], supporting a navigable canal, lately formed from the coal countries about Chorly, and which passes hence to Kendal. ..."

evidence:-   old map:- Baker 1802
source data:-   Perspective road maps with sections in Lancashire, Westmorland and Cumberland, by J Baker, London 1802.
item:-  private collection : 3
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evidence:-   old map:- Otley 1818
source data:-   Map, uncoloured engraving, The District of the Lakes, Cumberland, Westmorland, and Lancashire, scale about 4 miles to 1 inch, by Jonathan Otley, 1818, engraved by J and G Menzies, Edinburgh, Scotland, published by Jonathan Otley, Keswick, Cumberland, et al, 1833.
The canal is drawn in a very straight line over the river. 
item:-  JandMN : 48.1
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BNC52.jpg (taken 20.12.2006)  
BNC53.jpg (taken 20.12.2006)  
BNC54.jpg  View N on canal.
(taken 20.12.2006)  
BNC55.jpg  View S on canal.
(taken 20.12.2006)  

person:-   canal engineer
 : Rennie, John
person:-   builder
 : Stevens, Alexander and Son
date:-   1797
Stone aqueduct, 600 feet across the River Lune, 60 feet high, designed by John Rennie, built by Alexander Stevens and Son, 1794-96.
There is an inscription on the downsteam side, translated as:-
'[Things that were wanting are brought together; / Things remote are connected; / Rivers themsleves meet by the assistance of art, / To afford new objects of commerce.]'
On the upstream side is:-
'[To Public Prosperity]'

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