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Swansea Canal
  The canal at Ystradgynlais  

Though much of the route of the Swansea Canal still survives, the northern section at Ystradgynlais has been replaced by a new road, shown in the colour photograph at the bottom of this page.

The Swansea
Canal at
in the 1970s


Canal at Ystradgynlais Map section
Pelican Street, Ystradgynlais, on a map of the 1870s above, and a photograph of the 1970s left.
Photograph above is from the collection of the late
John Morris
of Ystradgynlais.


The 1970s photograph above shows Pelican Street on "The Island" at Ystradgynlais, between the Swansea Canal and the River Tawe. Local people are standing on the little bridge over the canal, which is hidden by bushes. The river runs in the valley behind the houses at the top of the photograph.
The last boats carrying commercial goods on this canal went out of business in 1931, but there are plans to restore the waterway between Swansea and Ystalfera for leisure use.
This road through Ystradgynlais was
built over part of the Swansea Canal

Much of the line of the canal at Ystradgynlais was converted into a bypass road for the town, (photo above right) so the northern part of the route has been permanently lost.

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