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Latitude: 51.8942 / 51°53'39"N
Longitude: -3.2879 / 3°17'16"W
OS Eastings: 311471
OS Northings: 222521
OS Grid: SO114225
Mapcode National: GBR YT.QWLG
Mapcode Global: VH6C6.YNP8
Entry Name: White Hart Bridge (Canal Bridge No.143) including attached retaining wall
Listing Date: 17 December 1998
Last Amended: 17 December 1998
Source ID: 21116
Building Class: Transport
Location: In the centre of Talybont village, to the rear of the White Hart Public House.
Community: Talybont-on-Usk (Tal-y-bont ar Wysg)
Built-Up Area: Talybont-on-Usk
Traditional County: Brecknockshire
The Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal was promoted in 1792 to connect the upper Usk valley with the Monmouthshire Canal at Pontymoile and from there to the sea at Newport. First section, between Gilwern and Talybont, was cut between 1797 and 1799, with upper section between Talybont and Brecon opened in 1800, both sections engineered by Thomas Dadford. Lower section between Gilwern and Pontymoile completed 1812 and engineered by William Crosley. Linked to tramroads, the canal was an important artery for trade in iron, lime and coal. In 1865 the Brecknock and Abergavenny and the Monmouthshire Canals merged to become the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, which was later incorporated into the Great Western Railway. Many bridges had large cast iron weight restriction notices on poles erected at each end. Last toll was taken in 1933. Restoration of canal began 1964.
Hump-back bridge of rubble sandstone. Segmental arch has thin voussoirs and low parapet with flat coping. The abutments curve outwards on both sides and the parapet has square end piers. On the E side is a cast iron plaque with the bridge number cast in relief in keystone position. The towpath passes under bridge on N side and has a stone kerb; on S side is a stringcourse roughly at water level.
This bridge rises to W and is reinforced with metal ribs under the vault. It defines the S border of the Talybont Basin and adjoins a long retaining wall which borders the Basin to S with weir below; to W is the aqueduct over the Caerfanell River. No string course visible on W side and only one pier NW. Concrete surface.
One of a group of original Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal bridges.
Group value with other listed structures in Talybont village
Other nearby listed buildings