Historic Landscape Characterisation
Merthyr Tydfil

046 Bryniau Quarries

HLCA 46 Bryniau Quarries Industrial extractive landscape associated with the Dowlais and Ivor Ironworks, industrial tramroad.

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Bryniau Quarries character area: extractive landscape with quarries and associated tramroad.


An industrial extractive landscape associated with Dowlais and Ivor Iron Works, containing quarries and an associated tramroad.

Historical background

The historic landscape area of Bryniau Quarries comprises an area of poorly drained rough grazing, part of the Castle Farm holding of the Plymouth Estate, leased to the Dowlais Iron Company during the 19th century. The area, depicted as wooded (scrub) on maps between 1766-1875, was being quarried by 1875. At this date a small quarry within the Bryniau enclosure was being worked connected by tramroad to the Dowlais area and the Ivor Iron Works, in particular. The quarry with its associated tram network had expanded considerably by 1915. Other features of the 19th century (and earlier) were tracks leading to Castle Farm.


For further information please contact the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust at this address. Link to the Countryside Council for Wales website at www.ccw.gov.uk or Cadw at www.cadw.wales.gov.uk