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Bridge No. 65

A Grade II Listed Building in Goetre Fawr, Monmouthshire

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Latitude: 51.732 / 51°43'55"N

Longitude: -3.0058 / 3°0'21"W

OS Eastings: 330631

OS Northings: 204181

OS Grid: SO306041

Mapcode National: GBR J5.22M3

Mapcode Global: VH79L.VQ9L

Entry Name: Bridge No. 65

Listing Date: 18 July 2001

Last Amended: 18 July 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 25551

Building Class: Transport

Location: Carrying the Old Abergavenny Road over the canal.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Pontypool

Community: Goetre Fawr

Community: Goetre Fawr

Locality: Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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The Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal was promoted in 1792 to connect the upper Usk valley to the Monmouthshire Canal at Pontymoile and from there to the sea at Newport. Construction began in 1797, with Thomas Dadford Jnr. as engineer, and the first section, from Gilwern to Llangynidr was completed in that year, with the stretch as far as Brecon following in 1800. Work then stopped for a time with the result that the section to the Blaenavon Road east of Govilon was not completed until 1805, now with Thomas Cartwright as engineer. Further funds had to be raised and the last section from west of Llanfoist to Pontymoile was completed betwen 1809 and 1812, with William Crossley as engineer. Linked to the tramroads the canal was an important artery for trade in iron, lime and coal. In 1865 the Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal Company merged with the Monmouthshire Railway and Canal Company who owned the connecting canal from Pontymoile to Newport. Later still in 1880 the MR&CC was bought out by the Great Western Railway and gradually the canal was run down until it was abandoned finally in 1962. Restoration work was begun in 1964, and the canal is once again open between Pontymoile and Brecon with the title Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.


Access bridge over the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Semi-elliptical arch with voussoirs; squared, faced and coursed local sandstone; parapet with slab coping; curving abutments. Bridge number on south face of arch. Towpath runs beneath bridge arch on east side. The north face is obscured by a gas pipe which crosses the canal above the height of the arch but this is not attached to the bridge.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special interest as one of the unaltered surviving early C19 Brecknock and Abergavenny canal bridges.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Bridge No. 64
    Carrying the access road to Greenmeadow Farm over the canal.
  • II Bridge No. 66
    Carrying the footpath between Brook Farm and Croes-y-pant over the canal.
  • II Bridge No. 63
    Carrying the access road to Mamhilad House farm over the canal.
  • II Mamhilad House Farmhouse
    About 600m north west of the Church of St. Illtyd approached over the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal from the Old Abergavenny Road.
  • II Bridge No. 67
    Carrying Pentre Lane over the canal.
  • II Barn at Greenmeadow Farm
    About 50m north east of Greenmeadow Farmhouse.
  • II Pentre House
    About 500m north east of the Church of St. Illtyd in the direction of Penperlleni and approached down a track by Pentre Farm.
  • II Greenmeadow Farmhouse
    About 1100m north west of the Church of St. Illtyd approached over the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal from the Old Abergavenny Road.

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