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Neath Canal

Description of Neath Canal: Runs 13 mile canal runs from Glyn Neath to Giants Grave, near Briton Ferry

History of Neath Canal: On 12 July 1790 a meeting was held at the Ship & Castle at Neath, attended by Lord Vernon and local people, at which it was resolved that a canal from Pontneddfechan to Neath would be of great public benefit. On 13 September 1790 a meeting held to approve the line of the canal, surveyed by Thomas Dadford Junior, his father and brother John. Promoted by an Act of 1791. By Mid 1792 Thomas Dadford Junior found it necessary to leave his post of General Surveyor, due to his being given the contract to build the Monmouthshire Canal.Thomas Sheasby replaced him. Ynysbwllog Aqueduct opened in 1792. The canal is now carried in pipes across the remains of this aqueduct. The canal was completed in 1795, but in May 1798 an Act of Parliament passed to extend the canal by 2.5 miles to near Briton Ferry. On 29 July 1799 the canal, extended to the Giant's Grave was opened. From 1882 to 1886 dividends were not paid. Navigation ceased on the Neath Canal in 1934 and about the same time the Tennant canal stopped carrying commercial traffic.
For more details see the History page.

Waterway Group: This waterway is part of the Neath and Tennant Canals

Navigation Authority: : Company of Proprietors of the Neath Canal, The Green, Neath, Wales SA11 1RY : Telephone 01639 635282 :

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Lock Sizes and maximum craft dimensions of Neath Canal: Length 60 foot, beam 9 foot. NOTE: For more details of maximum lock and craft sizes and the basis of these figures see Craft and Lock Sizes Page

Neath Canal: Table of distances

Miles

Locks

Navigable (N)

Grid ref

OS Map No

Glyn Neath

Oringinal head of navigation

0

0

U

0

Bwlfa'r Onn Lock No 6

1.9

6

U

SN861057

160

Ysgwrfa Lock No 7

2

7

N

SN860054

160

Maes-gwyn Lock No 8

2.3

8

N

SN858051

160

Yns-Yr-Allor Lock No 9

2.5

9

N

SN855049

170

Rheola Lock No 10

3.1

10

N

SN846043

170

Crugiau Lock No 11

Disused Railway Bridge

3.6

11

N

SN837037

170

Resolven Lock No 12

Slipway and B4434 culverted bridge

4.3

12

N

SN826031

170

Farmer's Arms Lock No 13

4.4

13

U

SN824029

170

Abergarwed Lock No 14

4.8

14

U

SN818025

170

Ynysarwed Lock No 15

5.3

15

U

SN816021

170

Ynysbwllog Aqueduct

Canal carried in pipes across the remains of this aqueduct

6.3

15

U

SN803011

170

Clyne Upper Lock No 16

Gitto Lock

6.9

16

U

SN799005

170

Clyne Lower Lock No 17

Witworth Lock

7

17

U

SN798002

170

Lock Machine No 18

7.5

18

U

SS794998

170

Aberdulais Junction

Junction with Tennant Canal Tennant Canal Junction

8.6

18

U

SS774993

170

Lock House Lock No 19

9.1

19

U

SS769987

170

Neath Main Road Bridge

13

19

U

SS734942

170

NOTE: N and U in the Navigable column above indicates that the node is navigable or unnavigable. If a D appears here it means that navigation is difficult or restricted to smaller craft.

 

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