Penydarran tramroad bridge
Industrial Wales - South and Mid-Glamorgan
The Upper Taff Vale
From Pontypridd to Abercanaid
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The Industrial History and Archaeology of the Lower Taff Vale to Treforest

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Pontypridd to Ynysybwl

The Barry Railway and other spots around Pontypridd

The Glamorgan Canal at Pontypridd - ST 0790 0911

These are locks 31 and 32 on the Glamorganshire Canal, next to the 'Newbridge Chain and Anchor Works', later 'Brown Lennox'. The works opened in 1818 and closed in 2000, having noteably made chains for 'SS Great Britain' and 'Queen Elizabeth II'. Restoration of the lock began in 2010.


A walk up the Ynysybwl branchline and the site of Lady Windsor Colliery

Cilfynydd and Abercynon to Pont-y-gwaith


Abercynon Colliery or Dowlais Cardiff Colliery

The Glamorganshire Canal in Abercynon

The TVR through Abercynon

TVR Llancaiach branch - ST 0870 9465

This is the 1841 branch to Nelson and Llancaiach, high up on the valley side between the Whitehall Golf Course road and the top of the incline down to Ynysydwr.

Cefn Glas Colliery - ST 0801 9685

Pont-y-gwaith - ST 0808 9757

The site of Pont-y-gwaith ironworks, dating from the 1580s and subject of a 19th c. painting in the National Museum. The bridge replaced a wooden one in 1811. I'm not at all sure what the pill box was protecting, perhaps Merthyr was going to invade Pontypridd at some time. Just below the canal bank there was a row of ten houses, 'Buarth-glas Terrace', sacrificed to the motorway but you can still see the site.

The Pen-y-darren Tramroad

from Abercynon to Pont-y-gwaith

Plymouth Ironworks - SO 0560 0500

Plymouth Ironworks has long gone and little remains to mark it. The Penydarran Tramroad ran in a tunnel under the site and one portal has been reconstructed to mark the 'oldest railway tunnel in the world'. The footbridge is typical but probably not original.

Aberfan and Abercanaid


Upper Abercanaid - SO 0518 0431

Lower Abercanaid - SO 0575 0360

The Cynon Valley


The Dare Valley Country Park and its industrial heritage

Mountain Ash and Penrikyber Colliery

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