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Bridge 57, Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

A Grade II Listed Building in New Inn, Torfaen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7106 / 51°42'37"N

Longitude: -3.0125 / 3°0'44"W

OS Eastings: 330140

OS Northings: 201798

OS Grid: SO301017

Mapcode National: GBR J5.3DYW

Mapcode Global: VH79S.Q8SJ

Entry Name: Bridge 57, Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Listing Date: 7 August 1997

Last Amended: 7 August 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18735

Building Class: Transport

Location: About 50m south of Wern Farm.

County: Torfaen

Town: Pontypool

Community: New Inn

Community: New Inn

Locality: Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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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 Jnr. 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 betwen 1809 and 1812, with William Crossley as engineer. Linked to the 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 in 1880 the canal was bought out by the Great Western Railway and gradually the canal was run down until it was abandoned finally in 1962. Restoration work was begun in 1964, and the canal is once again open between Pontymoile and Brecon with the title Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

Exterior

Accommodation bridge over the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Semi-elliptical arch with voussoirs; squared, faced and coursed stone; parapet with slab coping; curving abutments. Bridge number on south face of arch. Towpath runs beneath bridge arch on east side. Great Western Railway 'No locomotives..' sign at west end of bridge.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special interest as one of the unaltered surviving early C19 bridges on this canal.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Barn at Wern Farm
    About 30m west of Wern Farmhouse.
  • II Wern Farmhouse
    On the west bank of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal approached down a lane from Usk Road and about 500m north of Ty-poeth Farm.
  • II Pigsty at Wern Farm
    About 20m west of Wern Farmhouse.
  • II Barn at Ty-poeth Farm
    On the west bank of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal about 500m north of the Usk Road at Bridge 54, and immediately to the east of Ty-poeth Farmhouse.
  • II Small Barn at Court Farm
    Immediately on the north side of the junction of Usk Road and the A4042 and approached by a drive beside The Horse and Jockey P.H.
  • II Court Farmhouse
    Immediately on the north side of the junction of Usk Road and the A4042 and approached by a drive beside The Horse and Jockey P.H.
  • II Large Barn at Court Farm
    Immediately on the north side of the junction of Usk Road and the A4042 and approached by a drive beside The Horse and Jockey P.H.
  • II Cowhouse at Court Farm
    Immediately on the north side of the junction of Usk Road and the A4042 and approached by a drive beside The Horse and Jockey P.H.

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