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Clydach Aqueduct on Tennant Canal

A Grade II Listed Building in Dyffryn Clydach, Neath Port Talbot

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6602 / 51°39'36"N

Longitude: -3.8248 / 3°49'29"W

OS Eastings: 273876

OS Northings: 197293

OS Grid: SS738972

Mapcode National: GBR H2.6LMX

Mapcode Global: VH4K5.NJBM

Entry Name: Clydach Aqueduct on Tennant Canal

Listing Date: 22 December 2003

Last Amended: 22 December 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 82339

Building Class: Transport

Location: Situated crossing the River Clydach just SE of Neath Abbey ruins.

County: Neath Port Talbot

Town: Neath

Community: Dyffryn Clydach

Community: Dyffryn Clydach

Locality: Neath Abbey

Built-Up Area: Neath

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Canal aqueduct built 1821 to carry the Tennant Canal over the River Clydach. The engineer was William Kirkhouse and the associated sluices on the SW side were part of the ill-fated Neath floating dock scheme. The canal opened in 1824 from the Neath Canal at Aberdulais to Port Tennant, Swansea. Traffic declined from the 1860s due to competition with railways but the canal did not close to commercial traffic until 1934.

Exterior

Canal aqueduct, rubble stone, two arches with cutwater between. Arches are segmental with thin stone voussoirs. On S side are rubble stone parapets with coping of curved slag blocks to centre and abutments splayed out each side in quadrant curves. To W is sluice gate with sandstone steps through right angle to river and rusticated pillars. No parapets on N side which is heavily repaired with cement.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a major historic feature of an important Welsh canal.

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