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Cribarth Limestone Quarries and Tramroads

A Scheduled Monument in Tawe-Uchaf, Powys

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Latitude: 51.8147 / 51°48'52"N

Longitude: -3.6996 / 3°41'58"W

OS Eastings: 282934

OS Northings: 214264

OS Grid: SN829142

Mapcode National: GBR Y8.WWGP

Mapcode Global: VH5FX.TNH6

Entry Name: Cribarth Limestone Quarries and Tramroads

Scheduled Date: 26 July 2005

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1050

Cadw Legacy ID: BR237

Schedule Class: Industrial

Category: Quarry

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Powys

Community: Tawe-Uchaf

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of quarry workings dating from the industrial period. The quarries worked limestone and silica sand and were connected with the Swansea Canal by tramroad. The remains include quarry, tip, limekiln, boundary and tramroad features. There is a dense network of tramroads within the quarries, one unfinished tramroad of the 1820s provides some of the best evidence in Wales of the construction process of such features. The main period of activity at the quarries was connected with the provision of flux and silica firebricks for the boom in the anthracite iron industry of the upper Swansea Valley from 1837 to about 1860.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of quarrying in the industrial period. The quarry may be expected to contain archaeological information in regard to chronology, mining techniques and functional detail. A quarry may be part of a larger cluster of industrial monuments and their importance can further enhanced by their group value.

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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