Issue date: 7th January 2013
IWA Northampton Branch has donated £338 towards a project to help improve the Iron Trunk Aqueduct which carries the Grand Union Canal over the Great River Ouse.
The project, being led by the Canal & River Trust, aims to raise £3,000 to create a new viewing platform alongside the aqueduct, so visitors can enjoy the view of this newly refurbished 200 year old structure.
The cast iron aqueduct was opened in 1811 and carries the Grand Union Canal 40 feet above the Great River Ouse. It is a replacement for the previous brick built aqueduct, which collapsed on 18th February 1808.
Bernard Morton, Chairman of Northampton IWA, said: “The aqueduct is a much loved local landmark on this section of the Grand Union Canal and is a popular spot for boaters and walkers, so we are delighted we could support the viewing platform project. The canal in Northamptonshire is a really lovely place to visit and I would encourage more people to step onto the towpath and rediscover their local waterway.”
James Clifton, enterprise manager from the Canal & River Trust, said: “I am delighted that the Northampton IWA has shown its support for this project and I would like personally to thank its members for their generous donation. The Iron Trunk Aqueduct is a wonderful example of Georgian engineering which we have recently refurbished, by replacing dated information panels, repainting the actual aqueduct and cleaning its brick walls to remove graffiti.”
For more information on how to donate or get involved with this project please visit the Canal & River Trust website
Photo courtesy of Canal & River Trust: [left to right] IWA Northampton Branch Chairman, Bernard Morton presents cheque to James Clifton, Enterprise Manager, The Canal and River Trust.