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Aqueduct secrets revealed in archaeological dig

Excavations in Gosden Meadow in Bramley, Surrey,

have revealed the area's 200 year old industrial heritage by uncovering details of the Gosden aqueduct on the Wey & Arun Canal and provided visitors to Guildford's annual Heritage Open Days with an extra attraction.

Inland waterway archaeology expert Martin Cook and a team of volunteers undertook the dig to find out more about the aqueduct, which was built in 1815, as part of the canal restoration being undertaken by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT).

The volunteers from WACT and the Kent & East Sussex Canal Restoration Group successfully located the level of the puddled clay which once formed a water-tight seal for the canal channel. The excavations also helped Cook's team determine the width and position of the former tow path as well as structural features of the aqueduct that carried the canal across Cranleigh Waters.

The excavations were left open to allow people who took part in a guided walk between Stonebridge, Shalford and Bramley as part of the Heritage Open Days the opportunity to view the original canal details.

WACT hopes to use the information uncovered about the aqueduct to plan the future restoration work on the Bramley section of the Wey & Arun Canal.

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