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Cross Oak Bridge (Canal Bridge No.147)

A Grade II Listed Building in Talybont-on-Usk, Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.904 / 51°54'14"N

Longitude: -3.2969 / 3°17'48"W

OS Eastings: 310869

OS Northings: 223625

OS Grid: SO108236

Mapcode National: GBR YT.Q6TD

Mapcode Global: VH6C6.SDXQ

Entry Name: Cross Oak Bridge (Canal Bridge No.147)

Listing Date: 17 December 1998

Last Amended: 17 December 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21119

Building Class: Transport

Location: Just E of Lower Cross Oak and adjacent to Canal Cottages.

County: Powys

Community: Talybont-on-Usk (Tal-y-bont ar Wysg)

Community: Talybont-on-Usk

Locality: Cross Oak

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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History

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.

Exterior

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 has a track deck and one post for former lozenge -shaped cast iron weight restriction sign .

Reasons for Listing

One of a group of original Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal bridges.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II 5 Lower Cross Oak Cottages
    The L shaped group of cottages stands at the junction where the road between Talybont and Pencelli adjacent to the canal meets the road to Aberclydach.
  • II 3 Lower Cross Oak Cottages
    The L shaped group of cottages stands at the junction where the road between Talybont and Pencelli adjacent to the canal meets the road to Aberclydach; partly fronts a small lane linking the two road
  • II 1 Lower Cross Oak Cottages
    The L shaped group of cottages stands at a junction where the road between Talybont and Pencelli adjacent to the canal meets the road to Aberclydach; this cottage fronts a small lane linking the two r
  • II War memorial at Lower Cross Oak
    At the junction between the road from Talybont to Pencelli and the road to Aberclydach.
  • II Greenhill
    Near the Lower Cross Oak junction on a raised terraced site above the Talybont Pencelli road and the canal, reached by a short drive.
  • II Chilson Bridge (Canal Bridge No.146)
    N of Talybont village and SW of Gilestone.
  • II Gilestone
    On low lying ground in the Usk Valley, N of Talybont village, reached by a long farmtrack across fields from the road E, or a less used track across the canal to S.
  • II Former house and attached barn at Coity Bach
    Coity Bach is on the mountain lane leading W from the Pencelli Aberclydach road, a little NW of Talybont village.

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