Monday, 5 March 2012

Image of the Day - Times journey

Right fellow bloggers I am going to have to tie a couple of my recent posts together for tonight's installment. For those that have been following my blog you will sort of have an understanding of whats happening. For those who haven't I will try and add in the links for the relevant posts.
 The significance of this bridge is an important one, it was one of the first local stone bridges to be built other than the viaducts (See An afternoon in the rain) to be a load bearing structure for the steam trains to run on between the towns of Brecon and Merthyr Tydfil in the mid 1800's
 It was coal that was to transported on this line, and was destine for one of many steel works that scattered the area; with the main works being at Cyfarthfa (see the iron masters house Here)
 The Cyfarthfa Steel works toward the end of the 1800's was run by William Crawshays son Robert who made the steel works one of the most profitable and synonymous the world over (see Here for the grave site of Robert Crawshay)

Anyhow, the bridge fell into dismay, got torn down. As a part of local heritage, a wooden version was put in its place and added to the now Taff trail. which stretches from the Brecon Beacons to our capital of Cardiff.

The original stone bridge

The new bridge in B&W

 And a colour version for contrast

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