Longdon-Upon-Tern (also known as Longdon-on-Tern or colloquially just Longdon) is a village in east central Shropshire, England. The name Longdon is derived from two Old English words, lang and dūn meaning long hill.
A settlement at Longdon-Upon-Tern dates back to the Normans as it is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.
The village is particularly notable as the location of the world’s first large-scale cast iron navigable aqueduct, used to cross the river Tern. Designed by Thomas Telford, the aqueduct opened in 1797 as part of the Shrewsbury Canal. Telford built the 57 m (187 ft) cast iron aqueduct in replacement of a stone aqueduct, originally built by Josiah Clowes, before being swept away by floods in 1795.
In 1944 following an increase in local rail networks it was decided the canal would be abandoned.
As can be seen here, the aqueduct still remains, now being Grade I listed and a scheduled ancient monument. The monument is signposted and visible from the road. Telford went on to use the same technique in order to build the very much larger Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (a World Heritage Site).
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