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Neath Abbey Railway Viaduct (partly in Blaenhonddan community)

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

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Latitude: 51.6651 / 51°39'54"N

Longitude: -3.8256 / 3°49'32"W

OS Eastings: 273835

OS Northings: 197832

OS Grid: SS738978

Mapcode National: GBR H2.66FT

Mapcode Global: VH4K5.MDXX

Entry Name: Neath Abbey Railway Viaduct (partly in Blaenhonddan community)

Listing Date: 26 November 2003

Last Amended: 22 December 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 82334

Building Class: Transport

Location: Crossing the River Clydach and Taillwynd Road some 220m N of Neath Abbey Road.

County: Neath Port Talbot

Town: Neath

Community: Blaenhonddan

Community: Dyffryn Clydach

Locality: Neath Abbey

Built-Up Area: Neath

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Railway viaduct built for the South Wales Railway c1850, probably to designs of I.K. Brunel. There is a single arch over the road way, a second similar arch adjoining and then three very tall arches across the river gorge.


Railway viaduct over road and river valley. Squared coursed rubble stone with cut sandstone dressings. First arch over the road has cut stone voussoirs to an elliptical arch with broad stone piers each side and two-step cut-stone cornice broken forward around the piers under a high parapet with raised plinth and cut stone coping. Stonework under arch is skewed. Second arch is broader and shallower and there are no further raised piers. The piers between the subsequent arches are divided axially by a narrow arch, the second pier still on the high level has only an arch head visible from under the second arch but the three much taller arches of the gorge have the piers dramatically split as seen axially with tooled cut stone voussoirs and tooled stone to the piers of much finer quality than in the two end arches.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a particularly fine railway viaduct associated with I.K. Brunel, the renowned Victorian engineer.

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