Description: Pont-Y-Cafnau,brecon Road
Date Listed: 22 August 1975
Cadw Building ID: 11408
OS Grid Coordinates: 303765, 207138
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7542, -3.3944
There is also a scheduled monument, Pont y Cafnau Tramroad Bridge, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.
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 Industrial Estate.
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.
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
Reason for Listing
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