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Latitude: 51.9234 / 51°55'24"N
Longitude: -3.3323 / 3°19'56"W
OS Eastings: 308479
OS Northings: 225827
OS Grid: SO084258
Mapcode National: GBR YR.NXSH
Mapcode Global: VH6C0.6X7D
Entry Name: Former boathouse to W of Storehouse Bridge
Listing Date: 17 December 1998
Last Amended: 17 December 1998
Source ID: 21146
Building Class: Transport
Location: Situated just W of Storehouse Bridge (Canal Bridge No.158) between the Storehouse and the Canal.
Community: Talybont-on-Usk (Tal-y-bont ar Wysg)
Traditional County: Brecknockshire
The Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal was promoted in 1792 to connect the upper Usk valley with the Monmouthshire Canal at Pontymoile and from there to the sea at Newport. First section, between Gilwern and Talybont, was cut between 1797 and 1799, with upper section between Talybont and Brecon opened in 1800, both sections engineered by Thomas Dadford. Lower section between Gilwern and Pontymoile completed 1812 and engineered by William Crosley. Linked to tramroads, the canal was an important artery for trade in iron, lime and coal. In 1865 the Brecknock and Abergavenny and the Monmouthshire Canals merged to become the Monmouthsire and Brecon Canal which was later incorporated into the Great Western railway. This stretch of the Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal was constructed c 1800. The boathouse built over a small inlet of the canal provided a maintenance workshop. The two buildings shown as now on Tithe of 1841. Converted into dwelling with forge added C20. The adjacent storehouse was reputedly built mainly to store fleeces.
Small rectangular building entered at first floor level from lane, lower storey faces onto canal. Of stone rubble with tooled dressings, roof of large Welsh slates and overhanging eaves; end stack right. Gothick shaped window openings to first floor with replaced glazing. Gable end facing canal has wide segmental canal arch and large window above under wide hoodmould. C20 porch added to front entrance and corrugated iron forge to rear.
Listed for its special interest as a surviving Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal building of uncommon type.
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