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Britain’s Treasures

Whether looking up at the 19 arches or staring from on high at the countryside, the engineering marvels of the ‘stream in the sky’ are there for all to behold

PONTCYSYLLTE AQUEDUCT

Llangollen Canal, Wrexham

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, also known as the Ponty, is over 300 metres long

RAINING DOWN

The Ponty holds around 1.5 million litres of water. Every five years, the aqueduct has to be drained for inspections and maintenance – it takes three to four hours to empty into the River Dee below.

The trough is only just wide enough for a single narrowboat to cross
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Imagine, if you can, a mystery bug appearing out of nowhere – one with no cure or treatment and that kills nearly everyone infected in just a matter of days. !en consider one-in-three people in Britain being struck down by it over the course of two years. Unthinkable, isn’t it? And yet that’s exactly what happened halfway through the 14th century. Where did this killer plague, Black Death, come from? How did it spread? And what was it like to live through these unutterable days? We reveal all from page 28. But don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom to see in the new year, as we celebrate some of history’s greatest pioneers this issue, from the extraordinary salvagers of Henry VIII’s favourite ship, the Mary Rose (p46", to those magnificent men who took their flying machines into the skies (p56", to the remarkable women whose mathematical genius allowed the US to send men to the Moon (p69". We’ve also given the magazine a bit of a spring clean, taking all your comments on board, and introduced a few new regular features. I hope you like what we’ve done – do write in and let us know. Happy new Year!