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The Glamorganshire Canal



To lesson the expense of carrying iron goods to Cardiff by road, the Ironmasters sought permission of Parliament to build a canal between Merthyr and Cardiff, It was just over 25 miles in length, and would have a "fall" of over 510 feet.


Construction of the Glamorganshire Canal was commenced in 1790.It was a difficult task, 50 locks had to be made, 16 of which were between Abercynon and Quakers Yard, where there was a fall of 200feet. The first part, between Abercynon and Cardiff, known as "The Navigation", or "The Basin", was the easiest and was completed by 1794.It took another 4 years to complete the 9 miles between Abercynon and Merthyr.



(Photograph Courtesy of The Leo Davies Collection.)

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(Courtesy of Byn Walters)



The Glamorganshire Canal Company. Boat No 502

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The Head of the Canal at Cyfarthfa in 1948.

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The Canal at Georgetown.  Richard Crawshay's Chapel of Ease can be seen, along with the rooftops

of Chapel Row, Cyfarthfa works, and in the distance Cyfarthfa Castle.

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Middle Lock Bridge, Georgetown.

The Canal at the Tanyard Georgetown.

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The Canal and the Taff Vale Brewery.

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Parliament Lock.

A Close up from the above photograph. The bridge in the photograph below can be seen in the middle.

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A similar photograph to above.

Canal Bridge Georgetown, The Taff Vale Brewery (looking derelict) is in the background.

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The Three Bridges, The canal.

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Byn Walters Sends Us These Photographs of his Walk Along the Canal Path in the Early 1970's:

Neath & Aberdare Railway Bridge at Rhydycar

Neath & Aberdare Railway Bridge at Rhydycar


Cast Iron Bridge at Rhydycar

Bridge at Pontygwaith

The Canal Walk

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Abercanaid, Glyndyrus

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Abercanaid Old Pit, at the side of the canal.



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