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Bridge No. 77

A Grade II Listed Building in Goetre Fawr, Monmouthshire

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Latitude: 51.7599 / 51°45'35"N

Longitude: -2.9955 / 2°59'43"W

OS Eastings: 331387

OS Northings: 207272

OS Grid: SO313072

Mapcode National: GBR J5.0C79

Mapcode Global: VH79M.1175

Entry Name: Bridge No. 77

Listing Date: 18 July 2001

Last Amended: 18 July 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 25552

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 on a slight skew over the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Semi-elliptical arch with voussoirs; squared, faced and coursed local sandstone; parapet with slab coping; curving abutments. Slightly higher than usual as the canal runs in a cutting at this point. Bridge number on south face of arch. Towpath runs beneath bridge arch on east side.

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. 76
    Carrying the lane going east from Pencroesoped over the canal.
  • II Ty-ifor
    About 150m north of the cross-roads at Pencroesoped in the direction of Llanover village.
  • II Bridge No. 78
    Carrying a footpath over the canal about 150m east of Pantglas Mill at the very northern extremity of Goetre Fawr Community.
  • II Aqueduct over Gwenffrywol
    About 1000m south west of the village of Llanover and straddling the boundary between the two Communities.
  • II Aqueduct between Bridges No. 78 and 79 Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
    The canal runs parallel to the A4052, separating Llanover village from Upper Llanover. It forms the eastern boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The aqueduct crosses the boundary between Ll
  • II Bridge No. 75
    Carrying the track going south east from Cil Farm over the canal.
  • II Y Gwesty
    Facing east towards Pont Rhyd-y-meirch at the south end of Llanover village.
  • II Hanover Chapel
    Just north of the junction on the A4052 on the east side of the minor road running along the south wall of Llanover Park from Pont Rhyd-y-meirch.

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