Almond Aqueduct

(Lin's Mill Aqueduct)

Carrying the Union Canal across the River Almond at Clifton Hall, the Almond Aqueduct (or Lin's Mill Aqueduct) is located 2 miles (3 km) west of Ratho. Built 1819-22, this five-arch masonry structure was designed by the noted engineer Thomas Telford (1757 - 1834) and executed by Hugh Baird (1770 - 1827). It is identical in its fundamental design to the other aqueducts on the canal at Slateford and over the River Avon. Each arch is 15.2m (50 feet) giving the crossing an overall length of 128m (420 feet). It is 23.1m (76 feet) in height. The canal itself is contained in cast-iron trough, braced against the masonry walls with iron stays, and is 2.1m (7 feet) deep and 4.1m (13½ feet) wide. An overflow allows excess water to pour into the river below.

Category-B listed in 1974, the aqueduct is the property of British Waterways.

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