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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal - What the man would say

Wherever you look in life, it's always the same story: it's only by working together that we achieve great things.

People sometimes say that I built Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. That’s not true. What I mean is, I didn’t do it on my own. I had help.

Everyone that played a part – every tradesman, labourer and horse – left their mark on the world.

Because it’s still here today. Still telling its story to the hundreds of thousands of people who visit every year. Just like its older brother, Chirk Aqueduct, the Horseshoe Falls and the other canal structures we built.

We put them together piece by piece. With guts, belief and vision.

And although the human race has done great things since my day – split the atom, put a man on the moon, invented penicillin – Pontcysyllte still excites people. Still exhilarates. Inspires.

I was proud of it in 1805. And if I was among you today, I’d still be proud. When you experience it, I hope you feel the same.

Thomas Telford
Civil engineer 1757-1834