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Govilon Boat Club Building at Govilon Wharf

A Grade II Listed Building in Govilon, Monmouthshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8171 / 51°49'1"N

Longitude: -3.0592 / 3°3'33"W

OS Eastings: 327083

OS Northings: 213697

OS Grid: SO270136

Mapcode National: GBR F3.WRSV

Mapcode Global: VH795.XLLB

Entry Name: Govilon Boat Club Building at Govilon Wharf

Listing Date: 15 March 1996

Last Amended: 15 March 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 17634

Building Class: Recreational

Location: Between Canal Warehouse at Govilon Wharf and Govilon Yard Bridge. .

County: Monmouthshire

Community: Llanfoist Fawr (Llan-ffwyst Fawr)

Community: Llanfoist Fawr

Locality: Govilon

Built-Up Area: Govilon

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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Exterior

History: Built c1821 in association with Govilon Wharf and possibly as a canal-side office building. Govilon Wharf was a key point on the canal for the local iron industry constructed to serve the terminus for Bailey's Tramroad from Nantyglo Ironworks; this tramroad was opened on 6th December 1821. The canal as a whole was linked to many tramroads and was important for trade in iron, lime and coal. Although this section of the canal was completed in 1805 under Thomas Cartwright, Govilon Wharf, together with its associated buildings, was constructed after 1821. Modern alterations and now in use as part of Govilon Boat Club.

The Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal (now known as the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal) was constructed between 1797 and 1812. Gradually the railway took traffic off the canal and eventually it was bought out by the Great Western Railway. Restoration work began in 1964.

Description: Rectangular whitewashed rubble canal-side building with hipped slate roof. Elevation facing canal has lean-to and modern extension to west; camber-headed openings to part-rendered east end with 4-pane casements and gabled porch. North side, away from canal, retains a square-headed 12-pane sash to left and an iron, 20-pane, fixed-light, window to right with a cambered head and voussoirs. Projecting masonry to centre, perhaps a former chimney breast. Lozenge-shaped weight-restriction panel retained and a relocated B & A C Co round-headed milestone.

Included notwithstanding alterations as a surviving C19 Brecon and Abergavenny canal building which has group value with other listed items at Govilon Wharf.
Reference: R A Stevens, Brecknock & Abergavenny and Monmouthshire Canals (Towpath Guide No 2), (Cambridge, 1974), p51.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Govilon Yard Bridge ( Canal Bridge No 97 )
    Carrying the Blaenavon road over the canal to east of Govilon Wharf; tow-path to the south side.
  • II Canal Warehouse At Govilon Wharf
    Set back on the north side of the canal between the railway viaduct and Govilon Yard bridge. The principal building at Govilon Wharf, now the British Waterways Board Office.
  • II Railway Viaduct over Canal to SE of Govilon
    Spanning the canal at a skewed angle, to south-east of Govilon.
  • II Bank of three Limekilns to rear of Kiln Lodge
    In the garden above Kiln Lodge to the east of Govilon on the road that runs south-west towards Blaenavon; near the railway viaduct over the B 4246 and set immediately below the canal.
  • II* Llanwenarth Baptist Church
    Situated near the centre of Govilon in a large burial ground immediately north of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.
  • II Quarry Bridge (Canal Bridge no 96)
    Spanning the canal to the east of the Blaenavon road.
  • II Chapel Cottages No 1
    Situated on the edge of the burial ground to Llanwenarth Baptist Church and immediately north of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Set back behind low rubble forecourt walls including dividing wall
  • II Chapel Cottages No 2
    Situated on the edge of the burial ground to Llanwenarth Baptist Church and immediately north of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Set back behind low rubble forecourt walls including dividing wall

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