|Cargoes for the canal boats
|The main business of the canal in its busiest years was in carrying coal, lime and limestone, iron and timber. Other cargoes included building stone, hay, farm produce, and manufactured goods.
the early years the canals
and the horse-drawn
railways were often operated as a combined
This paper listed the amount of various goods carried on the canal boats and the railway in the half-year up to September 1825.
areas alongside the canal had level areas for loading and unloading goods
from the barges, and often warehouses
for storage. In some cases there would be simple hoists to lift heavier
The former wharf at Llanfoist with its large warehouse building is shown in this old photograph. This wharf was linked by a tramroad with the ironworks at Blaenavon.
ore was brought up from Newport by canal boats to supply the
ironworks and forges, and finished wrought iron
products were sent back south.