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Blorenge Quarries Tramroad

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfoist Fawr (Llan-ffwyst Fawr), Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

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Latitude: 51.8018 / 51°48'6"N

Longitude: -3.0673 / 3°4'2"W

OS Eastings: 326503

OS Northings: 212002

OS Grid: SO265120

Mapcode National: GBR F3.XPSN

Mapcode Global: VH795.SZB3

Entry Name: Blorenge Quarries Tramroad

Scheduled Date: 21 November 2000

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1061

Cadw Legacy ID: MM288

Schedule Class: Transport

Category: Tramroad

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

Community: Llanfoist Fawr (Llan-ffwyst Fawr)

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument consists of the remains of a tramroad, dating to the 18th century and is one of the earliest primitive railways associated with the Blaenavon Iron Company. The tramroad was built c. 1795 to bring limestone from quarries at the northern end of the Blorenge to the Ironworks. The quarry appears to have failed due to the steep dip of the limestone, and the tramroad fell out of use in 1804. The plateway track was removed by 1813. The remains include the terminal quarry and limekilns.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of the development of industrial transportation in the 18th and 19th century. The track bed, bridges, drainage systems, embankments and revetments may all be expected to contain archaeological information in regard to construction techniques and functional detail.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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