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Landore New Quay

A Scheduled Monument in Landore (Glandŵr), Swansea (Abertawe)

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Latitude: 51.6459 / 51°38'45"N

Longitude: -3.9341 / 3°56'2"W

OS Eastings: 266277

OS Northings: 195895

OS Grid: SS662958

Mapcode National: GBR WTF.4X

Mapcode Global: VH4K3.RWKM

Entry Name: Landore New Quay

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 900

Cadw Legacy ID: GM484

Schedule Class: Transport

Category: Quay

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Swansea (Abertawe)

Community: Landore (Glandŵr)

Built-Up Area: Swansea

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of a stone/wooden quay dating to the post-medieval period. The quay was built between 1772 and 1774 on the River Tawe, which was the principal artery of the coal trade in the lower Swansea valley before the construction of the Swansea Canal. It was built for leading Swansea industrialist, John Morris, by William Edwards a pioneering Welsh engineer. The quay became known as 'New Quay', as it was built at the location of an earlier quay that probably comprised a simple marshy bank. The earlier quay was constructed in the 17th century by Richard Sey and Thomas Price to ship coal down the river. The site became the terminus for Morris's Plas-y-marl timber-railed horse-drawn waggonway between 1769 and 1770. The 'New quay' was considered a great advance, possibly because it was the earliest to have been constructed of stone and in deep-water. The surviving remains of New Quay are of carefully coursed sandstone. At the south end of the quay a probable dock has been filled with rubble, and some timbers survive at the north.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance and illustrate our knowledge and understanding of the early development of local organisation of transportation systems. 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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