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Latitude: 51.7224 / 51°43'20"N
Longitude: -3.4533 / 3°27'11"W
OS Eastings: 299711
OS Northings: 203630
OS Grid: SN997036
Mapcode National: GBR HK.2Q2T
Mapcode Global: VH6CX.3Y7Z
Entry Name: Iron Tram Bridge, Robertstown
Source ID: 2283
Cadw Legacy ID: GM347
Schedule Class: Transport
Period: Post Medieval/Modern
County: Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)
Community: Aberdare (Aberdâr)
Built-Up Area: Aberdare
Traditional County: Glamorgan
The monument consists of the remains of a very early cast iron bridge, dating to 1811. The bridge measures c. 3m wide by c. 10m long and crosses the River Cynon at Robertstown. It comprises a decking of 17 cast iron plates supported on four parallel lattice beams between stone abutments. Cast on a pillar of the bridge is the inscription 'Abernant 1811' (Abernant was a local iron foundry). It was built to carry the Llwydcoed tramroad which ran from Hirwaun to Cwmbach.
The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of 19th century industrial construction techniques and transportation systems. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques.
The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.
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