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Industrial Wales - Monmouthshire's Clydach Gorge
The Disgwylfa and Llangattock Tramroads
Bailey's tramroads to Disgwylfa and Llangattock Quarries
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Baileys Disgwylfa Tramroad

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Baileys Disgwylfa Tramroad ran from Nantyglo ironworks to his quarries at Disgwylfa on Llangattock Mountain. The route through Brynmawr can be followed along the roads and but the clearest length of the tramroad begins to the Southeast of Cairn Mound Reservoir and runs across the remote moorland above the Llangattock Tramroad.

Brynmawr to Cairn Mound

Cairn Mound to the quarries

The Disgwylfa Quarries - SO 2180 1430


Bailey's Llangattock Tramroad

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Coed Cae Mawr - SO 1983 1301

Ancient and modern workings to the North of the tramroad. Coed Cae Mawr worked an 18" seam on and off until the late 1980s or early 90s, leaving behind quite a bit of ironmongery around a corrugated iron shed.

Cwm Nantmelin - SO 2001 1257

Cwm Nantmelin, 400 yds away from Coed Cae Mawr, worked around the end of the 19th C, leaving an interesting run of collapses running through the field behind the level.

Pant-mawr Quarry - SO 2205 1310
Coed Pantydarren Quarry - SO 2200 1375

The monument stood beside the road near the quarries but has been vandalised and the ironwork stolen.

Craig-y-gaer Quarry - SO 2240 1325

A very old, bench-worked quarry connected directly to the tramroad.

Craig-y-gaer sewage tank or limekiln? - SO 2230 1307

This structure turns up on the 1899 OS map and is described as a sewage works of Brynmwr UDC with an aqueduct approaching it from Brynmawr. So it stays up to 1948 but on the 1965 map it's become a disused limekiln. It's on the side of a very steep hill, the inside is cylindrical rather than cone-shaped and there is no drawhole. So given the pipework coming down the valley past the Hafod Bridge, I think the original surveyors knew exactly what it was!


Llangattock Quarries and Incline

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Llangattock Quarries and tramroad to canal - SO 2004 1592

Ancient and even more ancient workings


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