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Tramroad East of Robert's Town Bridge, Aberdare

A Scheduled Monument in Aberdare (Aberdâr), Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)

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Latitude: 51.7224 / 51°43'20"N

Longitude: -3.4495 / 3°26'58"W

OS Eastings: 299970

OS Northings: 203625

OS Grid: SN999036

Mapcode National: GBR HK.2R1Q

Mapcode Global: VH6CX.5Y7Z

Entry Name: Tramroad East of Robert's Town Bridge, Aberdare

Scheduled Date: 24 September 2008

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1055

Cadw Legacy ID: GM527

Schedule Class: Transport

Category: Tramway

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)

Community: Aberdare (Aberdâr)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument consists of the remains of a tramroad, embankment and stone sleeper blocks, dating to the 19th century. The sleeper blocks have between one and three holes and many show wear marks from shoes and plates. The tramroad was opened in 1811 as a plateway of 4 feet 2 inch gauge, designed by the leading tramroad engineer George Overton. The tramroad was owned by the Aberdare Canal Company, and was 2 miles long, connecting the canal terminus at Aberdare with the Hirwaun to Abernant Tramroad, which served mines and ironworks further up the Cynon Valley. The Llwydcoed Tramroad crossed the River Cynon on Robert's Town iron bridge. It continued in use until 1900. 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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