The Tramway Bridge at Aberdulais
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The Tramway Bridge was Aberdulais's gateway to the world. It linked the Victorian works to the canal network and to export markets around the globe.
The bridge carried loaded horse-drawn trams to and from a quay across the River Dulais on the Tennant Canal. From there barges carried the finished tinplate down to the port at Swansea.
Coal arrived from the Dulais and Neath valleys. Tin came by ship from Cornwall, across the Bristol Channel and up the River Neath to Aberdulais.
An information panel near the bridge provides an artist’s impression of the entrance to Aberdulais Works as it might have been over 100 years ago, with the hustle and bustle of a typical day.
Remains of the bridge
Today, only half the bridge survives. The other half was swept away by flood water in the 1970s.
You can see replica stone sleepers from the railtrack at the entrance, alongside the Old Works Library, which is now a tearoom. These connected our site - the Upper Works - with its sister plant - the Lower Works - on the other side of the river, via a now-demolished bridge.