New Developments in the Area
Among the plans which were deposited with the Breconshire Quarter Sessions are a number of plans and sections for new projects affecting the Crickhowell district.
- In 1792 plans for the Brecon and Abergavenny Canal were presented. This canal connected Crickhowell not only with its neighbouring agricultural communities and newly developing industrial centres, but also with a wider canal network. Tramways were built to link the Clydach iron works and nearby coal deposits to the canal. This development opened up distant markets to new produce and allowed large scale industrial specialisation by making the bulk transport of raw materials possible.
- In 1865 and 1866 plans were presented for a proposed Vale of Crickhowell Railway. As in the case of the canal this would have linked Crickhowell with a rapidly growing nationwide transport network. The railway network also increased the possibilities for widespread personal travel in a way that no other form of transport had. In the end the Vale of Crickhowell Railway was not built and access to the railway network had to be made via Gilwern station to the South East of the town.
- The Crickhowell Gas and Waterworks presented plans in 1866 and 1867 for a reservoir and water main which would bring piped water to the centre of Crickhowell and to Llangattock village.
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