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Ruislip's secret aqueduct????????


This page is the subject of the "Secret Bridge" section on the main index.

You can read all about the canal feeder itself in the Ruislip Lido Section

So where is the bridge. Well I think firstly we should congratulate Simon for his answer which was

"The picture is of the bridge carrying the canal feeder from the Lido over the River Pinn near Woodville Gardens.  It is special because it is an aqueduct (although normally dry nowadays).  It was rebuilt in the 1930s but was probably originally engineered by John Rennie or one of his assistants."

Below are a series of pictures showing this landmark as best as conditions and equipment would allow. Click on each to enlarge as required.



Above, the "trough"  .
A few pictures of the aqueduct as it stands today (June 2004). Ruislip Online is approaching Hillingdon Council about doing some clearing work and at least preserving it, if not restoring...

A little more information can be gleaned by reading the notes below...... 

Below is an extract from the details of the walk exploring the route of the
Grand Union Canal Feeder May 12th 2002, by 30 members of the "Friends of
Conducted by Denise Shackell.

"The feeder is piped under Bury Street to the field opposite, then is open
across the field to Howlett's Lane, where the feeder is again piped at an
angle beneath the road to a good path on the opposite side of the road. The
path, with Whiteheath School on the left, has two small bridges made of
brick that cross the feeder, one of which is dated 1930. 
"On reaching a field, The Tile Kiln Lane house roofs can be seen to the
right. At the end of this field there is an aqueduct, of which about thirty
feet is still in good condition, built to cross the River Pinn."

How to find the aqueduct (is actually quite easy to find......)

Proceed down Sharps Lane from Bury Street, this road becomes Hill Lane. Turn right in to Orchard Close and follow it to, almost, its end where it crosses the River Pinn by way of a small footbridge. Just before the footbridge, on the left, Woodville Gardens will be seen. Proceed all the way down this road to the end, where it finishes at a gate blocking the entrance to a field.

Pass through the gate and turn sharp right. Through the grass a "path" of sorts can be seen leading to a wooded area, where this becomes more defined in to the woods. The aqueduct is just in to the wooded area.

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