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Stanley's Tramroad Embankment, Pembrey

A Scheduled Monument in Pembrey and Burry Port Town (Pembre a Phorth Tywyn), Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.684 / 51°41'2"N

Longitude: -4.2666 / 4°15'59"W

OS Eastings: 243404

OS Northings: 200792

OS Grid: SN434007

Mapcode National: GBR GQ.DYFY

Mapcode Global: VH3M9.0X8X

Entry Name: Stanley's Tramroad Embankment, Pembrey

Scheduled Date: 10 July 1996

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1429

Cadw Legacy ID: CM271

Schedule Class: Transport

Category: Tramroad

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Pembrey and Burry Port Town (Pembre a Phorth Tywyn)

Built-Up Area: Pembrey

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

Description

The monument consists of the remains of a tramroad, dating to the 19th century. The Stanley Tramroad was built in 1819 to carry coal from Thomas Gaunt's Ivy Pit colliery roughly one mile to Pembrey Harbour. It is an impressive embankment of an early horse-drawn tramroad and was built to carry coal. Almost the whole route was formed by a confidently engineered and carefully graded embankment on a straight route. A stone bridge was inserted later for the Kidwelly and Llanelli Canal (later a railway) to pass underneath: its walls show score marks from towing ropes.

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. It includes the includes the full width of the embankment in three lengths. The northernmost begins at the start of the embankment and includes the canal bridge before coming to an end where the embankment has been broken at Ashburnham Road. The middle section begins south of the main line railway and a golf course trackway, and ends where the embankment is breached by road. The southernmost section extends from the opposite side of this road to a point just north of where the embankment disappears at a golf course tee.

Source: Cadw

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