Full Report for Listed Buildings


Summary Description of a Listed Buildings


Reference Number
82076
Building Number
 
Grade
II  
Status
Designated  
Date of Designation
26/11/2003  
Date of Amendment
26/11/2003  
Name of Property
Aberdulais Viaduct (partly in Tonna community)  
Address
 

Location


Unitary Authority
Neath Port Talbot  
Community
Blaenhonddan  
Town
Neath  
Locality
Aberdulais  
Easting
277314  
Northing
199263  
Street Side
 
Location
Spanning the Afon Nedd S of the Aberdulais Aqueduct and N of Dulais Fach Road.  

Description


Broad Class
Transport  
Period
 

History
The Vale of Neath Railway was incorporated in 1846 and opened in 1851. Engineered by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the line was built to a broad gauge. The Aberdulais viaduct, like many others designed by Brunel, was originally constructed of timber with stone abutments, with the intention of rebuilding in stone at a later date. In the event the bridge was not rebuilt in stone until the late C19, after it was absorbed into the GWR in 1861.  

Exterior
Railway viaduct, 5-bays of which 4 span the River Neath, and a 5th bay on the W side spans Station Road. The abutments, belonging to the original bridge opened in 1851, are of coursed hammer-dressed sandstone, while the later arches and parapet are of snecked, rock-faced stone with blue-brick arches. The piers have V-shaped cutwaters with pyramidal caps. Beneath the parapet is a thick projecting blue-brick band. The flat coping is of large bricks. The abutments are battered (with a concave profile beneath the deck) and are splayed outwards to retain an embankment. The abutments also retain vertical slots which housed the original timberwork of Brunel's bridge. The deck carries a single track.  

Interior
 

Reason for designation
Listed for its industrial archaeological interest as a railway bridge designed in 2 phases, the original wooden structure having been replaced by the present stone bridge but incorporating the original abutments. Group value with Aberdulais Aqueduct.  

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