Objects & Artefacts

Discover more about Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal through objects – the materials used to build it and the goods transported along it. The objects range from the massive limekilns at Froncysyllte to the small bolts that hold the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct together, from paintings in Galleries to Canal side art. Meet some of the characters behind the objects, the people who made them or used them and get an insight into life on and around the canal.

Replaced bolt from Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Aqueduct Bolt

One of around 500 wrought iron nuts and bolts that were replaced during a refurbishment of the aqueduct in 2003-4. The modern replacements were made of recycled iron.
Yr hen galch calch yn Froncysyllte / The old limekilns at Froncysyllte

Froncysyllte East Limekiln Bank

Limestone quarrying has taken place in landscape of the World Heritage Site since the sixteenth century. The stone was burned with coal in kilns to make lime. This was used in plaster and cement for buildings or it could be scattered on fields as fertiliser. Limestone was also used in iron smelting.
Replaced bolt from Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Aqueduct Bolt

One of around 500 wrought iron nuts and bolts that were replaced during a refurbishment of the aqueduct in 2003-4. The modern replacements were made of recycled iron.
Yr hen galch calch yn Froncysyllte / The old limekilns at Froncysyllte

Froncysyllte East Limekiln Bank

Limestone quarrying has taken place in landscape of the World Heritage Site since the sixteenth century. The stone was burned with coal in kilns to make lime. This was used in plaster and cement for buildings or it could be scattered on fields as fertiliser. Limestone was also used in iron smelting.