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Aberaman Bridge

Do anyone know when the stone bridge connecting Bell Place to Forge Row was built. (By Farrell Home care old Aberaman Colliery pithead baths) I think it was once part of the turnpike road but was there before the turnpike I have a sketch of it done by the Bacon Sisters in 1827 any information on this bridge would be helpful.

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The old bridge, Aberaman (2013493)
The old Aberaman Bridge (drawing by one of the Bacon sisters, 29 September 1827). The houses would later become Bell Place, on Farm Road; and Forge Row would later be built on the other side of the bridge. The river seems to follow the same course as it does today. There is a building on the other side of the road (at the top end of the houses), with thatched roof and what looks like wood-shuttered windows. Could this be a part of the mill-house that Alun was on about? Or could it have been where the eponymous houses, above Forge Row are today? On the other hand, the latter may have been so-named (like Foundry, Forge, Bell, etc.) because of the rolling mills that were integral to the ironworks. The only mention I can find of Aberaman Mill is that written by a correspondent to the Cardiff and Merthyr Guardian (2 July 1853) in his comments on the roads in the valley ‘up to the year 1790.’ Travelling by horse and gig, he describes the relevant part of his journey thus: ‘There was no road then through the Dyffryn or Aberaman grounds to the village, except by crossing the river below Dyffryn House (where the Mountain Ash Comp is today), and mounting far up through the Craig isha and Aberwmboi Woods, then descending to the Aberaman Mill, and thence through the bed of a brook by Abergwawr and Ynislwyd, entering the village (Aberdare) where the Black Lion now stands!’ (photo: RCT Libraries - blurb: Gerald Richards)