Early Years 1792-1800
Today when we think of the canal, we tend to think of feeding the ducks and pleasurable boat rides. Two hundred years ago it was a very different picture. The development of canals across the UK was a transport revolution to meet the needs of the Industrial Revolution. This was driven by big business, ingenuity and desire to solve problems.
The construction of the Cefn Flight of Fourteen Locks fully reflects this period of endeavour. With a drop of 167ft over half a mile, it was without doubt a huge engineering achievement for the time. It must be remembered that this was achieved through physical labour alone – there were no 360 digging machines then! The articles in this section listed below cover the period of construction – there may even be a link with Newport Castle.