Heritage Locations

Avon Aqueduct, Warwick

A handsome three arch aqueduct carrying the Warwick & Napton Canal over the river Avon, listed Grade II*


Period of construction:
1750 - 1799

Transport Trust plaque:

Transport Mode:

Emscote Road, Warwick CV34 5

CV34 5

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The Warwick & Napton Canal was built from Saltisford, Warwick, where it joined the Warwick and Birmingham Canal, to Napton where it joined the Oxford Canal. It is now part of the Grand Union Canal.
It was authorised by an Act of 28 March 1794 as the Warwick & Braunston Canal. The line was later changed to join the Oxford Canal at Napton, authorised by an Act of 14 May 1796. It was formally opened on 19 December 1799 but actually open for trade on 19 March 1800.

The Avon is approached on a high embankment and crossed on a fine three arch stone aqueduct. This carries the canal some 30 ft. (9 m) above the river level. The segmental arches have a span of 43 ft. (13 m) and the piers are 9 ft. (3 m) wide. It was designed by Charles Handley assisted by Henry Couchman.

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Burton, A., The Waterways of Britain, Collins, ISBN 0 00 218047 2 (1983)

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Pratt, D., Waterways Past and Present: A Unique Record of Britain’s Waterways Heritage, Adlarde Coles, ISBN 978-07136 76341 (2006)

Pratt, F., Canal Architecture in Britain, British Waterways, ISBN 978- 09032 18139 (1976)

Roberts, B., Britain’s Waterways: A Unique Insight, GEOprojects, ISBN 978- 08635 11158 (2006)

Rolt, L. T. C., Inland Waterways of England, Allen & Unwin, ISBN-10: 0043860060 (1979)

Ware, M.E., Britain’s Lost Commercial Waterways, Landmark, ISBN 978-18430 61816 (2005)

Opening Times:
Visible at all times.

How To Find:
By road: Best seen from the back of the Tesco car park off Emscote Road, the A 445.


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