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Pont-y-Cafnau

A Grade II* Listed Building in Park, Merthyr Tydfil

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7546 / 51°45'16"N

Longitude: -3.3956 / 3°23'44"W

OS Eastings: 303762

OS Northings: 207135

OS Grid: SO037071

Mapcode National: GBR HN.0LKZ

Mapcode Global: VH6CY.3577

Entry Name: Pont-y-Cafnau

Location: Small ironwork bridge spanning the River Taff immediately downstream from junction of Taf Fawr and Taf Fechan. Reached by an access road descending diagonally from Pont-y-Cefn (A470) and through EFI

County: Merthyr Tydfil

Community: Park

Traditional County: Glamorgan

Listing Date: 22 August 1975

Last Amended: 13 January 1988

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Building Class: Transport

Source ID: 11408

History

Believed to date from ca 1794 (probably the earliest known iron railway bridge). Originally carried a tramroad (4-foot gauge) from Cyfarthfa Ironworks immediately to S.

Exterior

Coursed rubble abutments support a pair of A-frame trusses with braces and vertical "king-posts"; raised brackets to cross-girder ends. Straight ironwork girders to deck which retains some chairs and seating from tramroad; modern metal handrails except for one original section flanking approach path on E bank.

Scheduled Ancient Monument: Gm424

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