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Swansea Canal
  The end of the canal trade  

Over the years it became impossible to run a profitable business carrying goods on the Swansea Canal, and the remaining canal boats were tied up in 1931.
Like many others, this waterway started to decay and become overgrown.

For more about canal building, aqueducts, locks and wharves see our pages on
Brecon & Abergavenny Canal
Montgomery Canal

Aqueduct over
River Giedd
around 1950

Aqueduct One of the aqueducts (a kind of bridge which carries a canal instead of a road or railway line) on the Swansea Canal is shown on the left and, about 25 years later, below right.
Canal at
in the

Swansea Canal
Disused aqueduct
The aqueduct photographs are from the collection of the late
John Morris
of Ystradgynlais.

The top picture of the aqueduct crossing the River Giedd was taken around 1950, and the one above right in the 1970s.
In this later photograph there was no water remaining in the canal at this point even over thirty years ago.

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