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Date(s) - 18th March 2017
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Briar Rose Hotel


An illustrated talk by Stephen Rowson.

The Glamorganshire Canal was the first major canal in Wales, getting its Act of Parliament in 1790 to link the ironworks at Merthyr Tydfil with the sea at Cardiff. The midlands engineer Thomas Dadford Snr was encouraged to leave what he was doing and take on the role of both engineer and contractor. In the coming years the Dadford family were to stamp their methods on several canals and tramroads in south Wales. This fully illustrated talk will cover the whole history of the Glamorganshire Canal and the geography it was to affect in the valley of the river Taff.

The talk also includes a lot of railway interest as both the canal’s rivals, but also in sharing the route to Cardiff.