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GLYNCORRWG MINERAL RAILWAY (PARSONS' FOLLY)
Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 02878.0w Trust : Glamorgan Gwent Community : Tonna Unitary authority : Neath Port Talbot NGR : SS7865098550 Site Type (preferred type first) : Post-Medieval Railway Status : Scheduled Monument
Summary : This section of the railway is an outstanding example of the peak of civil engineering reached by horse-operated tramroads. Built between 1839 and 1841 to carry coal from mines in the Gwenffrwd, Pelenna and Cregan valleys, 7 1/2 miles to the Neath Canal
Description : This section of the railway is an outstanding example of the peak of civil engineering reached by horse-operated tramroads. Built between 1839 and 1841 to carry coal from mines in the Gwenffrwd, Pelenna and Cregan valleys, 7 1/2 miles to the Neath Canal at Aberdulais. It fell out of use in 1852. At the NW end is the massive stone embankment, on the summit level are two embankments and two rock cuttings, stone sleeper blocks survive in many places, to the SE are remains of the railway's only steam operated inclined place. The scheduled area also includes 3 low dams cut by the railway which controlled water for the Melincryddan Copperworks (est. 1695).
Network Archaeology , 2004 , Baglan Bay Gas Pipeline, archaeological watching brief, Network Archaeology unpublished report no.303
04/MM Mention/Hughes S & Reynolds P/1988/Indust Arch of the Swansea Region p41
05/MM Mention/Hudson K/1984/Indust Arch from the Air p102
01/PM List/Cadw/1993/SAM Lists
02/MM Desc Text/Green H/1977/Parsons'Folly in Neath Ant Soc Trans pp78-88
03/MM Desc Text/Hughes S/1990/Arch of an Early Railway System pp129-30,318,339
11/Desc Text/Cadw/ Full Management Report/2006/Copy in further information file
Events : E002947 : Baglan Bay gas pipeline. DBA (year : 1999) E005403 : Baglan Bay Gas Pipeline (year : 2000)