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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.

Sources :
, Archwilio App Submission
Jenkins, F , 2014 , Digital photographs (1); Pont y Cafnau
01/MM Record Card/OS/1977/SO 00 NW
02/PM Mention/Hilling JB/1972/Glam Historian Vol8 pp167-93
03/MM Record Card/OS/1982/SO 00 NW 23
05/PM Desc Text/Cadw/1985
04/PM Mention/Owen J/1980/Merthyr Historian/Vol3 pp33-37
06/PM Map/Cadw/1987/1:2500
09/PM Map/RCAHM/A125-52
08/PM Desc Text/Cadw/Whittle E/1989/AM107
07/PM Desc Text/Cadw/13.1.88
10/PM Mention/Hague DB, Hughes SR & Richards ET/1975/Arch in Wales no158 p87
011/Desc Text/Cadw/ Full Management Report/2007/ Copy in further information file

Events :

Related PRNs : 34860

Compiled date : 01-06-1980


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