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Flash of brilliance as Aquaduct revitalised

Published Monday, 25 October 2010

Works have nearly finished on Flash Lane Aquaduct in Enfield, which will see its removal from English Heritage’s 'At Risk Register'.


The aquaduct was cleaned and the cast iron trough repaired, a protective coating was applied, the brickwork and stonework was repaired, the graffiti removed and the railings were fixed during works. 

This was funded with the assistance of a £30,000 grant from English Heritage, which went towards the restoration of this splendid structure which is enjoyed by walkers and horse riders alike, who pass across the footpath and bridleway that pass it in Whitewebbs Wood. 

Although the structure was restored in 1998 with the help of English Heritage and local groups, it had been damaged by surrounding trees and had been added to English Heritage's 'At Risk Register'.

Cllr Del Goddard, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Improving Localities from Enfield Council said "Major works are nearing completion restoring Flash Lane Aquaduct, an important landmark and Scheduled Ancient Monument of national significance.

"The aquaduct was built in 1820 to carry the New River over Cuffley Brook. Its purpose was to shorten the route of the New River (which was built in 1613 to bring fresh water from Hertfordshire to London), but by 1850 the aqueduct was redundant.  The remains of the cast iron 'flash' were excavated by the Enfield Archaeological Society in 1968 by exposing the cast iron trough.

"Now is the right time to celebrate the productive partnership between Enfield Council and English Heritage which has seen the restoration of this structure and its removal from the Heritage at Risk register. It was important that we restored this vital piece of history and that we protect it for the future."

Elizabeth Whitbourn, English Heritage's Historic Environment Field Advisor for London, said:  "Flash Lane Aqueduct is a small but precious part of Enfield's - and London's - history.  We are delighted that through our grant aid and advice, a successful programme of repairs has helped secure the future of this ancient monument and its removal from the Heritage at Risk Register."

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