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Morgans Bridge ( Canal Bridge no 90 )

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanellen, Monmouthshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7874 / 51°47'14"N

Longitude: -3.0176 / 3°1'3"W

OS Eastings: 329903

OS Northings: 210351

OS Grid: SO299103

Mapcode National: GBR F5.YQ39

Mapcode Global: VH79D.NB1M

Entry Name: Morgans Bridge ( Canal Bridge no 90 )

Listing Date: 15 March 1996

Last Amended: 15 March 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 17644

Building Class: Transport

Location: Spanning the canal uphill and to south-west of Llanellen village, approximately 0.5km south of bridge No 92.

County: Monmouthshire

Community: Llanfoist Fawr (Llan-ffwyst Fawr)

Community: Llanfoist Fawr

Locality: Llanellen

Built-Up Area: Llanellen

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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Exterior

History: The Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal was promoted in 1792 to connect the upper Usk valley to the Monmouthshire Canal at Pontymoile and from there to the sea at Newport. Construction began in 1797, with Thomas Dadford as engineer, and the first section, from Gilwern to Llangynidr was completed in that year with the stretch as far as Brecon following in 1800. Work then stopped for a time with the result that the section to the Blaenavon Road east of Govilon was not completed until 1805, now with Thomas Cartwright as engineer. Further funds had to be raised and the last section from west of Llanfoist to Pontymoile was completed between 1809 and 1812, with William Crosley as engineer. Linked to tramroads, the canal was an important artery for trade in iron, lime and coal. In 1865 the Monmouthshire and the Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal Companies merged becoming the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal Company. Later still the canal was bought out by the Great Western Railway and gradually the canal was run down until it was finally abandoned in 1962. Restoration work was begun in 1964.
Description: This bridge (No 90) lies within the section constructed by William Crosley between 1809 and 1812. Coursed rubble canal bridge spanning canal and tow-path to east. Segmental arch has keystone and the parapet is curved around at the downhill end.

Included for its special interest as one of the surviving early C19 Brecknock and Abergavenny canal bridges.

References: Nicholson's guides to the Waterways, vol 3, South-west
p49-55, (n.d.).
R A Stevens, Brecknock & Abergavenny and Monmouthshire Canals (Towpath Guide No 2), (Cambridge, 1974), p49-55.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Oak Cottage
    To south of Llanellen village beside the main road and on the corner with Oak Lane.
  • II Barn Bridge ( Canal Bridge no 89 )
    Spanning the canal uphill and to south of Llanellen village, approximately 0.5km south of bridge No 90.
  • II Heol Gerrig Bridge ( Canal Bridge no 92 )
    Spanning the canal uphill from Llanellen village; carrying the hill lane from the north-west side of the village up towards Coed-y-Prior Common and Ffrwd Wood.
  • II Parish Church of St Helen
    Situated uphill from the village in a sloping churchyard with bier house to north-east corner.
  • II Orchard Farmhouse
    To south-east of Llanellen village on the north-east side of the by-road towards Glan Usk and Llanover.
  • II Llanellen Bridge
    Spanning the River Usk on a bend in the main road, to the east of the village; on the Community Council area boundary.
  • II Popular Bridge ( Canal Bridge no 87 )
    Spanning the canal to the west of Ochram Farm and to north-east of a hairpin bend; carries the lane to Cwm Celyn and beyond.
  • II Llanellen Bridge (partly in Llanfoist Fawr community)
    Spanning the River Usk on a bend in the main road, to the east of Llanellen village; crossing the Community Council boundary and half in Llafoist Fawr Community.

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