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Abutments to overbridge/ loading bay on the former Duffryn Llynvi and Porthcawl Railway

A Grade II Listed Building in Llangynwyd Lower (Llangynwyd - Isaf), Bridgend

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5551 / 51°33'18"N

Longitude: -3.6053 / 3°36'19"W

OS Eastings: 288803

OS Northings: 185245

OS Grid: SS888852

Mapcode National: GBR HC.F7VN

Mapcode Global: VH5HB.G5DP

Entry Name: Abutments to overbridge/ loading bay on the former Duffryn Llynvi and Porthcawl Railway

Listing Date: 23 October 1998

Last Amended: 23 October 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20746

Building Class: Industrial

Location: The section of the former tramway extends from above Rock-fawr for approximately 180m to the N, and includes the retaining walls and embankments of the loading bay/ overbridge.

County: Bridgend

Town: Llangynwyd Lower

Community: Llangynwyd Lower (Llangynwyd - Isaf)

Community: Llangynwyd Lower

Locality: Goetre-hen

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

The Duffryn Llynvi and Porthcawl Railway was built following a bill, 6 Geo IV c, civ, receiving royal assent on 10.6.1825. It was opened in 1828 and extended N to Caerau in 1829-30. Robert Gabb was the surveyor and John Hodgkinson the designing engineer. The line climbed from near sea level at Porthcawl dock to 149m (490ft), with an average gradient of 1:180. The single line, of 4ft 6in (1.372m) gauge, with passing places, was set in a 4.6m wide reservation, bounded by stone walls through farmland and at other appropriate places. It provided links to Porthcawl dock and served the many small mineral extraction enterprises along its route. The drift mine with its associated loading arrangments are amongst the best preserved features surviving from this important railway

Exterior

The tramway consists of the standard 5m wide reservation laid out to be approximately on the 90m contour winding through Coed Tondu, with three sharp bends. The flank walls of the former overbridge forming the loading bay consist of two 3.0m high rubble walls either side of the track, flattened at the top to take transverse rails (now missing) of the overbridge to carry trucks coming directly from the opening to the drift mine c.19m to the W. Originally laden trucks emerging from the pit discharged directly through front or back openings into the trucks of the Duffryn Llynvi and Porthcawl tramway below.

Reasons for Listing

The bridge abutments flanking the track are included as being amongst the best preserved features to survive from this important industrial railway. A rare survivor of loading facilities on an early railway.

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  • II North portal and wings of the Rock-fawr Bridge on Sir Robert Price's private tramway.
    The portal forms the N face of the Rock-fawr service bridge on the well preserved 150m long section of tramway running parallel to and adjacent to the A4063 S of Cildeudy Road.
  • II Nicholls Arms PH
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  • II ,23,Derllwyn Road,Tondu,,,CF32 9HD
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  • II Former Truck Shop Tondu Ironworks now Foxtroy Residential Home
    On the west side of the community, on the hillside just NW of the former Tondu Ironworks site and the centre of the original ironworkers'settlement.
  • II Park Cottage
    Attached to 27 Derllwyn Road, next to the former Truck Shop, on the hillside above the former Tondu ironworks and in the NW of the community.
  • II Park House
    Attached to number 26, just W of the former Truck Shop on the hillside N of the former Tondu Ironworks, in the W of the community.
  • II 27-52 Park Terrace (consec)
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