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Kidwelly Quay

A Grade II Listed Building in Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire

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Latitude: 51.7333 / 51°44'0"N

Longitude: -4.3223 / 4°19'20"W

OS Eastings: 239730

OS Northings: 206399

OS Grid: SN397063

Mapcode National: GBR GP.BV8P

Mapcode Global: VH3M2.1PBL

Entry Name: Kidwelly Quay

Listing Date: 28 July 1998

Last Amended: 28 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20201

Building Class: Maritime

Location: On the Gwendraeth Fach. Reached along a by-road running W from level crossing to SW of town centre.

County: Carmarthenshire

Town: Kidwelly

Community: Kidwelly (Cydweli)

Community: Kidwelly

Locality: Kidwelly Quay

Built-Up Area: Kidwelly

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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Built c1768 by Thomas Kymer to export anthracite brought down by his canal from the Gwendraeth Fawr. Trade declined after 1800 because of silting and the opening of Burry Port harbour in 1832. In 1873 a branch of the Burry Port & Gwendraeth Valley Railway was laid on the canal towpath. Occasional shipments of coal continued until final closure of Kidwelly Quay in 1934. In 1980s, repairs were done to the dock walls and the canal basin was remade.


Pair of coursed rubble quays linked around a small tidal dock leading off the E side of the Gwendraeth Fach estuary. The larger, rectangular E quay lies at the end of Quay Road with the reconstructed canal basin adjoining on inland direction. Approx 5m high walls with battered profile rise from the estuary mud and continue with curved angles into the dock and return at nearly straight angles to meet W quay. This is narrower and rounded at outer end from where masonry walls run for a short distance into the natural foreshore. The top 2m are recently rebuilt with proud pointing and act as uncapped parapets to wharfage space on top of the quays; the larger quay was formerly accessed by railway sidings. There is one set of steps let into the upper E side of the dock. A modern ramp leads down to the river on W side of the quay.

Reasons for Listing

A substantial masonry dock of C18 date with important historical connections to Kymer's Canal, the earliest canal of any length in Wales.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* Dovecote NW of Coleman Farm
    Situated in patch of scrub woodland at intersection of four fields on hillside some 300m NW of Coleman Farm, which is on the lower road from Kidwelly to Ferryside via St Ishmael.
  • II Capel Sul
    Situated on W side of main road (A 484) prominently overlooking Kidwelly Bridge.
  • II Morfa House
    Situated in terraced row on main road (A 484) some 40m S of Kidwelly Bridge.
  • II Kidwelly Bridge/Pont Cydweli
    Situated on main road (A 484) crossing Gwendraeth Fach, between Bridge Street and New Street.
  • II Cae Newydd Railway Bridge
    Situated some 200m off main road (A 484), approached by footpath past Cae Newydd Farm some 100m NE of Kidwelly Bridge. Bridge is some 800m SE of Kidwelly station.
  • II Ruined Warehouse By Kidwelly Bridge
    Situated on E side of main road (A 484) overlooking NE end of Kidwelly Bridge.
  • II Kidwelly Town Hall
    Situated in centre of Kidwelly on corner of Lady Street and Causeway Street.
  • II Remains of monastic grange at Penallt Farm
    On the SW side of the farm. Penallt is 1km SSE of Llansaint and on the S side of the Ferryside to Kidwelly road.

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