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Aberdare Canal

Description: 6.75 miles of canal from Ty-draw near Aberdare to Abercynon where it joined the Glamorganshire Canal.

History: Promoted by an Act of 1793 and opened in 1812 and closed in 1900.

See Priestley's Navigable Rivers and Canals for more information.

January 1793

Authorised by an Act.

January 1793

John Dadford

He subscribed to 2,000 of shares jointly with the other three Dadfords, all working on Welsh canals.

January 1793

Thomas Dadford junior

He subscribed to 2,000 of shares jointly with the other three Dadfords, all working on Welsh canals.

January 1793

Thomas Dadford senior

He subscribed to 2,000 of shares jointly with the other three Dadfords, all working on Welsh canals.

January 1793

James Dadford

He subscribed to 2,000 of shares jointly with the other three Dadfords, all working on Welsh canals.

September 1794

James Dadford

By this time he had completed a 3 feet 2 inche gauge edge railway from Bryngwyn collieries (south-east of Hirwaun) to Pendeyrn and possibly some way further towards Aberdare.

July 1800

Thomas Dadford junior

He is asked to re-survey the canal and to recommend improvements to the existing tramroad.

1st August 1800

Thomas Dadford junior

He reported that the canal could be built for 10,500 and that a tramroad 1.5 miles long to the Aberdare Iron Company's works at Llwydcoed would cost 1,500.

Late January 1809

Thomas, junior Sheasby

He was engaged as resident engineer.

Autumn January 1809

Edward Martin

He re-surveyed the line of the proposed canal.

January 1810

Evan Hopkin

Together with David Hopkin he was the contractor on the canal.

August 1811

George Overton

He was appointed resident engineer.

August 1811

Thomas, junior Sheasby

He resigned his post as resident engineer and went to the Severn & Wye Railway & Canal Company as clerk and engineer.

January 1812

Opened.

November 1851

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Was ordered to provide transfer facilities at Aberdare to allow the transfer of coal and other materials between the railway and the canal tramroad.

January 1900

Closed.

 

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