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Waterways of Carmarthenshire

Navigable Rivers and Canals within Carmarthenshire

Burry and Loughor Rivers

Waterway's place in Carmarthenshire :

Waterway Description:

The river Burry and its continuation the Loughor, together with the Lliedi, were deepened and made navigable under an Act of 1815. Traffic probably ceased soon after the opening of the railway and floating dock in 1833.

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Earl of Ashburnham's Canal

Waterway's place in Carmarthenshire :

The canal was entirely within Carmarthenshire.

Waterway Description:

A 1.5-mile canal built near Pembrey, beginning at a coal level at Ffrwd and a short branch to Coed. It served other collieries and was connected to tramways.

History:

The canal was being built, or perhaps extended, in 1796.

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General Warde's (Dafen) Canal

Waterway's place in Carmarthenshire :

The whole canal was within Glamorganshire.

Waterway Description:

A short canal from Tireinon and Llwynhendy to Dafen pill.

History:

Probably opened prior to 1770.

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General Warde's (Yspitty) Canal

Waterway's place in Carmarthenshire :

The whole canal was within Carmarthenshire.

Waterway Description:

A canal through the lands of Heol Fach and Pwll Cefn for carrying coal, culm, timber, stone and other goods.

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Gwauncaegurwen Canal

Waterway's place in Carmarthenshire :

These navigations were entirely within Carmartheshire.

Waterway Description:

Were navigable levels in a mine at Gwauncaegurwen at the head of the Upper Clydach River.

History:

Existed in 1757 carrying coal and men.

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Kidwelly & Llanelly Canal

Waterway's place in Carmarthenshire :

The whole canal was in Carmarthenshire.

Waterway Description:

A 9 mile long canal from Pontyberem to Burry Port.

History:

Authorised by an act of 1812 and built in two phases with a six year gap between the completion of the first part in June 1824 and the start of the extension to Burry Port in September 1830. Closed about 1867.

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Kymer's Canal

Waterway's place in Carmarthenshire :

This abandoned canal was entirely within Carmarthenshire.

Waterway Description:

From Kidwelly Quay to Pwllyllygoed near Carway

History:

The first Act of Parliament for a canal in Wales in 1766, opened 1769, closed about 1867.

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Llandeilo & Llandovery Canal projects

Waterway's place in Carmarthenshire :

These proposed canals were all within Carmarthenshire.

Waterway Description:

Various propsals for canals in the Loughor valley none of which ever came to fruition.

History:

In 1770 the first proposal was made for acanal from coal mines at Ammanford to the navigable River Loughor. This was followed in 1793, 1810, 1817 and 1824 by other canal proposals none of which were ever authorised or built.

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Pembrey Canal

Waterway's place in Carmarthenshire :

An abandoned Carmarthenshire canal.

Waterway Description:

Two miles of canal running from the Kidwelly & Llanelly canal to near Pembrey Old Harbour, to which it was connected by a 400 yard tramway.

History:

Probably built around 1824 and closed in the 1840s.

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Pen-y-fan Canal

Waterway's place in Carmarthenshire :

An abandoned Carmarthanshire canal.

Waterway Description:

Believed to run from the coal mines at Pen-y-fan to Penrhyn Gwyn, Machynys, in the Llanelly district.

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Vauxhall Canal

Waterway's place in Carmarthenshire :

An abandoned Carmarthenshire canal.

Waterway Description:

A canal in the Llanelly district which may have been used to supply water to carry vessels down the river rather than being a navigable canal in its own right.

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Wern Canal

Waterway's place in Carmarthenshire :

An abandoned Carmarthenshire canal.

Waterway Description:

A mile long canal from near the site of the Copperhouse Dock to Capel Als, Llanelly.

History:

Opened about 1795. Probably disused by 1811.

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