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Bridge No. 79 Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanover, Monmouthshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7645 / 51°45'52"N

Longitude: -3.0027 / 3°0'9"W

OS Eastings: 330897

OS Northings: 207792

OS Grid: SO308077

Mapcode National: GBR J5.03D7

Mapcode Global: VH79D.WXY5

Entry Name: Bridge No. 79 Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Listing Date: 9 December 2005

Last Amended: 9 December 2005

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 87139

Building Class: Transport

Location: 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 bridges are numbered from south to north

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Abergavenny

Community: Llanover (Llanofer)

Community: Llanover

Locality: Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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History

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 between 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.

Exterior

Accommodation and access bridge over the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal. Semi-elliptical arch with voussoirs; squared, faced and coursed local sandstone; parapet with slab coping; slightly curving abutments. Bridge number on south face of arch. Towpath runs beneath bridge arch on east side. London and North Western Railway 'No locomotives' sign at east end of 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 Bryn-hyfryd
    About 1km west of the A4052 approached across the canal from the minor road by Llanover police station.
  • II Granary/Stable at Bryn-hyfryd
    About 50m north of the house.
  • II Bridge No. 80 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 bridges are numbered from south to north
  • II Tre-Elidyr
    One of an informal grouping of cottages around the War Memorial Green in the centre of Llanover village.
  • II Tre-Elidyr
    One of an informal grouping of cottages around the War Memorial Green in the centre of Llanover village.
  • II Tre-Elidyr
    One of an informal grouping of cottages around the War Memorial Green in the centre of Llanover village.
  • II Tre-Elidyr
    One of an informal grouping of cottages around the War Memorial Green in the centre of Llanover village.
  • II Tre-Elidyr
    One of an informal grouping of cottages around the War Memorial Green in the centre of Llanover village.

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