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News article created on 17 December 2012

IWA donates to Iron Trunk Aqueduct appeal

The Northampton Branch of The Inland Waterways Association has donated £338 towards a project to help improve the Iron Trunk Aqueduct.

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. 

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."

Bernard Morton, chairman of Northampton IWA, added: "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."

Find out more about the Iron Trunk project