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Murtry Aqueduct

A Grade II Listed Building in Selwood, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.2467 / 51°14'48"N

Longitude: -2.3419 / 2°20'31"W

OS Eastings: 376228

OS Northings: 149783

OS Grid: ST762497

Mapcode National: GBR 0S2.NR0

Mapcode Global: VH976.CX8M

Entry Name: Murtry Aqueduct

Listing Date: 29 April 1983

Last Amended: 16 November 1984

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1174214

English Heritage Legacy ID: 267107

Location: Great Elm, Mendip, Somerset, BA11

County: Somerset

District: Mendip

Civil Parish: Selwood

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset

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Listing Text

Murtry Aqueduct
(previously listed in Buckland
Dinham and Selwood Civil Parishes)

- II

Former aqueduct carrying disused canal over Mells River. Aqueduct. C 1795. Doulting stone, sandstone coping to
parapets. Three arch span, supporting channel c 12 m wide and 1.75 m deep, and with c 17m run of retaining wall to the
East, on the South side of aqueduct. Flat segmental arches with clear span c 6.1 m and rise c 1.5 m with triple
projecting keystones and y-jointed voussoirs tapered in depth from crown to springing-point, set in rusticated
spandrels under flat projecting string. Above the string plain ashlar parapet c 1.7 m deep, coped with heavy sandstone
blocks with rounded saddleback profile moulded to outer face only. Between arches, trianglular cutwaters and at ends of
walling and between arches, v-jointed ashlared pilasters carried through full height. Maximum overall lenght of parapet
on South side c 38 m, and on North side c 21.5 m; river width c 20 m. This is one of very few structures remaining on a
branch of the proposed Dorset and Somerset Canal which was begun in the last decade of the C18, but abandoned in 1803.
Murtry Aqueduct is a good quality design with some architectural pretension; at the time of the survey, the arches,
spandrels and abutments appeared to be sound, apart from the loss of some voussoir stones at the cutwaters. The parapet
walling also looks sound, but the proposed channel is filled with earth and growing undergrowth and trees. (Robin
Atthill, Old Mendip, pages 165-177, 1971; Kenneth Clew, The Dorset and Somerset Canal, 1971).

Listing NGR: ST7622849783

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