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North portal and wings of the Rock-fawr Bridge on Sir Robert Price's private tramway.

A Grade II Listed Building in Sarn, Bridgend

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5522 / 51°33'8"N

Longitude: -3.5976 / 3°35'51"W

OS Eastings: 289330

OS Northings: 184916

OS Grid: SS893849

Mapcode National: GBR HC.FHSC

Mapcode Global: VH5HB.L7GW

Entry Name: North portal and wings of the Rock-fawr Bridge on Sir Robert Price's private tramway.

Listing Date: 23 October 1998

Last Amended: 23 October 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20747

Building Class: Transport

Location: The portal forms the N face of the Rock-fawr service bridge on the well preserved 150m long section of tramway running parallel to and adjacent to the A4063 S of Cildeudy Road.

County: Bridgend

Town: Llangynwyd Lower

Community: Llangynwyd Lower (Llangynwyd - Isaf)

Community: Llangynwyd Lower

Locality: Goetre-hen

Built-Up Area: Sarn

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Sir Robert Price, landowner, MP for Herefordshire, entrepreneur and owner of both Bettws drift mine and the Tondu Iron and brick works, built a private tramway between 1837 and 1847 to transport coals after his disagreement with his fellow directors of the Duffryn Llynvi and Porthcawl Railway over the level of tolls charged. The line closely follows the roadway at a lower level, and includes a parallel leet conducting water from the Afon Llynfi near Shwt to the ironworks.

Exterior

The tramway bed is terraced into the hillside, somewhat above the present A4063 road to Maesteg, with the leet running on the upper side of the formation. The bridge under the driveway to Rock-fawr consists of an ashlar voussoired semi-circular arch in the retaining wall, now blocked, with an emphasised keystone, and a similar but smaller arch for the leet on the right, the crown of which has been altered in brick probably when the skew driveway was widened and carried over the angle on an iron plate. The bridge/tunnel is approximately 9m long, partially blocked at its S end.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an important feature on this well preserved section of this former private line, evocative of the early industrial development of the valley.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II ,23,Derllwyn Road,Tondu,,,CF32 9HD
    Just to E of former Truck Shop on the hillside above the former Tondu ironworks and in NW of community.
  • II Former Truck Shop Tondu Ironworks now Foxtroy Residential Home
    On the west side of the community, on the hillside just NW of the former Tondu Ironworks site and the centre of the original ironworkers'settlement.
  • II* Calcining Kilns and attached abutment at Tondu Ironworks
    Set in the hillside between the company housing of Derllwyn Road and Park Terrace above and the levelled area below where the Engine House stands, just above the old furnace bank and opposite the Lift
  • II Park Cottage
    Attached to 27 Derllwyn Road, next to the former Truck Shop, on the hillside above the former Tondu ironworks and in the NW of the community.
  • II* Lift Tower at Tondu Ironworks
    Set in the hillside between the company housing of Derllwyn Road and Park Terrace above and the levelled area below where the Engine House stands, against the old furnace bank and opposite the Calcini
  • II Park House
    Attached to number 26, just W of the former Truck Shop on the hillside N of the former Tondu Ironworks, in the W of the community.
  • II* Former Blast Engine Houses at Tondu Ironworks
    At the foot of the hillside into which the Ironworks was built, W of Tondu station and Maesteg Road and at the edge of the now cleared former coal and rail works and yards.
  • II Cildeudy tunnel
    The tunnel runs under the Cildeudy Road immediately W of its junction with the main A4063 Maesteg Road, at the S end of Goetre-hen.

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