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March 2013

Drone flight over an aqueduct


The World Heritage Listed Pontcysllte Aqueduct carries the Llangollen Canal over the valley of the River Dee in Wales. It was completed in 1805 and is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain.


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January 2007

Tin tabernacles and other buildings


Alasdair Ogilvie’s delightful photo essay for Pentagram Papers shows an aspect of corrugated iron prefabricated buildings that is new to me​—​the use of these buildings at home.

In Britain, between the 1860s and the Great War, the coun­try underwent extensive increases in the production of coal, iron and lead, triggering large population movements into previously isolated and rural areas, such as South Wales and County Durham.

With no existing infrastructures, these newly created com­mu­ni­ties had an urgent need for churches, chapels and schools. Corrugated iron buildings fulfilled this demand. The quantity of “Tin Tabernacles” built also reflects the missionary efforts of the Anglican Church, at the time in competition with the Nonconformist movements​—​Meth­od­ist, Wesleyan and other dissenters.

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