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Railway bridge on NE side of Railway Tavern

A Grade II Listed Building in Tonna, Neath Port Talbot

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Latitude: 51.679 / 51°40'44"N

Longitude: -3.7751 / 3°46'30"W

OS Eastings: 277366

OS Northings: 199294

OS Grid: SS773992

Mapcode National: GBR H4.5F4M

Mapcode Global: VH5GN.J236

Entry Name: Railway bridge on NE side of Railway Tavern

Listing Date: 25 February 2000

Last Amended: 25 February 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22863

Building Class: Transport

Location: On the NE side of Railway Tavern N of Dulais Fach Road and S of Aberdulais Basin.

County: Neath Port Talbot

Community: Tonna

Community: Tonna

Locality: Aberdulais

Built-Up Area: Neath

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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The Vale of Neath Railway was incorporated in 1846 and opened in 1851. Engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the line was built to a broad gauge. The bridge, one of the few stone bridges original to the railway, was built partly over a navigable channel cut in the late C18 from the River Neath to a forge, later the Aberdulais tinplate works. A tramway connecting to Upper and Lower Works of the Aberdulais Tinplate works also passed beneath the bridge.


A 2-bay bridge constructed of coursed hammer-dressed sandstone, with round arches. A thin coping is above, although the original parapet, probably of iron railings, is now missing. Battered abutments are splayed outwards and retain an embankment. The deck was designed to carry a double broad-gauge track, but now carries a single track.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its industrial archaeological interest as a fine masonry bridge associated with Brunel's original Vale of Neath Railway, and for group value with other listed canal and railway items at Aberdulais Basin.

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