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Bridge 59, Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

A Grade II Listed Building in New Inn, Torfaen

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7171 / 51°43'1"N

Longitude: -3.0118 / 3°0'42"W

OS Eastings: 330194

OS Northings: 202521

OS Grid: SO301025

Mapcode National: GBR J5.313F

Mapcode Global: VH79S.R33J

Entry Name: Bridge 59, Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Listing Date: 7 August 1997

Last Amended: 7 August 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18736

Building Class: Transport

Location: At the north end of New Inn Community about 1000m south of Mamhilad and providing access to Govera Cottage.

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 and access bridge on a slight skew 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 east 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 Bridge 60, Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
    At the north end of New Inn Community about 800m south west of Mamhilad and providing access to Govera Cottage and Lower Govera Farm.
  • II Lower Govera Cottage
    In the far north west corner of New Inn Community acessed by a lane which commences at the Star Inn, Mamhilad. The cottage stands about 130m north east of Govera Farmhouse.
  • II Govera Farmhouse, also known as Upper Govera Farmhouse
    In the far north west corner of New Inn Community accessed by a lane which commences at The Star Inn, Mamhilad.
  • II Troed-y-Rhiw
    About 900m south west of the Church of St. Illtyd.
  • II Pigsty at Wern Farm
    About 20m 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 Keepers Lodge
    About 1000m south west of the Church of St. Illtyd set on the hillside above Troed-y-rhiw Farm and approached up a steep drive.
  • II Barn at Wern Farm
    About 30m west of Wern Farmhouse.

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