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Tennant Canal

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Neath Abbey aqueduct, where the Clydach Brook squeezes under the Tennant Canal. The photo shows the downstream side, where the Clydach joins with the tidal River Neath
Copper slag capping blocks on a footbridge over the canal, adjacent to the entrance to Neath Abbey, just downstream of Neath Abbey aqueduct. Building blocks cast from molten slag are quite common in the vicinity of waterways connected with the copper industries of South Wales and the Wye and Avon valleys. However, it is unusual to find moulded letters on the blocks. V for Vivian & Sons?
Semi-circular slag block on the same footbridge

1818 George Tennant enlarged and reopened the Glan-y-wern Canal to provide a navigable link from the River Neath to the River Tawe at Swansea docks; Tennant built an extension to the Aberdulais basin, where it linked to the Neath Canal. Much of the Neath traffic used the Tennant Canal to access the better facilities at Swansea.

1906 The new King's Dock, Swansea would communicate with the Tennant Canal by means of a branch canal and a barge lock on the north wall of the coaling arm.

1930s Navigation of the canals ceased in the 1930s

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