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Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal

Description: Also called the Brecon and Abergavenny Canal, it runs 42 miles from Brecon to Newport, Gwent. The first 35 miles are navigable.

History: The Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal was promoted by Acts of 1793 and 1804 and opened in 1812. The Monmouthshire Canal by Acts of 1792, 1797 and 1862. The canals amalgamated in 1865. In 1933 commercial traffic ceased and the lift bridge at Talybont was replaced by a very low fixed bridge in about 1948. The Inland Waterways Association held a rally at Brecon in 1952 and in 1968 restoration work started with work on Brynich Lock, near Brecon. Official reopening of the canal from Pontypool to Brecon on 16 October 1970.

January 1793

The Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal was promoted by Act.

January 1804

The Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal was promoted by Act.

January 1812

The Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal was opened.

January 1865

The Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal and the Monmouthshire Canal amalgamated.

January 1933

Commercial traffic ceased.

January 1948

The lift bridge at Talybont was replaced by a very low fixed bridge in about 1948.

January 1952

The Inland Waterways Association held a rally at Brecon.

January 1968

Restoration work started with work on Brynich Lock, near Brecon.

January 1970

Official reopening of the canal from Pontypool to Brecon on 16 October.

January 1972

Cruising along the Mon. & Brecon by J Eyles, Published by Starling Press.

January 1974

Breknock & Abergavenny and Monmouthshire Canals by R Alan Stevens, Published by Goose & Son - Towpath Guide No 2.

January 1974

Canals of Welsh Valleys & Their Tramroads by David D Gladwin & J M White, Published by Oakwood Press.

 

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