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Tramroad bridge over Skewen Cutting, Tennant Canal

A Grade II Listed Building in Dyffryn Clydach, Neath Port Talbot

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Latitude: 51.6599 / 51°39'35"N

Longitude: -3.8326 / 3°49'57"W

OS Eastings: 273336

OS Northings: 197264

OS Grid: SS733972

Mapcode National: GBR H1.6QP5

Mapcode Global: VH4K5.JJ6X

Entry Name: Tramroad bridge over Skewen Cutting, Tennant Canal

Listing Date: 29 March 2000

Last Amended: 29 March 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 23067

Building Class: Transport

Location: Spanning the Tennant Canal to SE of Skewen village on the E side of a minor road from Neath Abbey Industrial Estate and N of the A465.

County: Neath Port Talbot

Community: Dyffryn Clydach

Community: Coedffranc

Locality: Tennant Canal

Built-Up Area: Neath

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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The Tennant Canal was built 1820-4, engineered by William Kirkhouse. The head of the canal was at Aberdulais, where it joins the Neath Canal, and ended at Port Tennant on the E side of the River Tawe in Swansea. Traffic was carried on the canal until the 1930s. Skewen Cutting is a stone-lined bed and was laid in 1821 to counter problems with quicksand. The bridge is possibly contemporary with the cutting and is shown on the 1844 Tithe map. It was used to carry coal to the nearby Mines Royal Copper Works and is first shown on the 1844 Tithe map.


A high rubble stone bridge over a segmental arch with tooled voussoirs. The abutments and parapet curve outwards at the ends, the latter having renewed concrete copings. A battered revetment is added to the SW jamb of the arch. The flat deck, built for a single track, is laid with concrete.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for industrial archaeological interest as an early tramroad bridge and for group value with other listed items associated with the Tennant Canal.

Scheduled Ancient Monument Gm 394.

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