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PONT Y CAFNAU
Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 01090m Trust : Glamorgan Gwent Community : Park Unitary authority : Merthyr Tydfil NGR : SO03760714 Site Type (preferred type first) : Post-Medieval Bridge Status : Scheduled Monument , listed building II*
Summary : A cast iron tramroad bridge across the rocky gorge of the river Taff to the N of the Cyfarthfa Ironworks. Probably c1794, and if so, the world's first iron railway bridge. It carried a tramroad and the chairs and seating are still there. Solidly built
Description : A cast iron tramroad bridge across the rocky gorge of the river Taff to the N of the Cyfarthfa Ironworks. Probably c1794, and if so, the world's first iron railway bridge. It carried a tramroad and the chairs and seating are still there. Solidly built masonry abutments support a pair of massive cast-iron 'A'-shaped ties which are mortised into a central vertical 'king post'. The bridge is 18m long and 2m wide and a mesh fence has been added on the S side.
, Archwilio App Submission
Jenkins, F , 2014 , Digital photographs (1); Pont y Cafnau
The Handley Partnership , HAAbase built heritage assessment system: Buildings at Risk database
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