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Name:
Everitt Austin
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Town, Country:
Kemble, Gloucestershire
Comments:
Grand parents lived in Rectory Road, Crumlin, I remember the Viaduct very well, and the Haffadronys Hal below
Tuesday, April 11 2017 - 09:51 PM
Name:
Gordon Wood
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Town, Country:
Hereford u.k.
Comments:
I am reaching the end of my detailed research on Crumlin Viaduct (See previous entry) but am still trying to contact someone in or close to San Diego please can someone out there help with a major constructional problem by visiting San Diego University
Sunday, February 26 2017 - 09:10 PM
Name:
Anthony George
Town, Country:
Formerly Pontllanfraith
Comments:
I was told years ago that the Bridgend Inn, which is situated on the western end of the viaduct was a farm before the construction of the railway took up much of it's land, it apparently was called Rhiw Isaf (lower Rhiw)
Wednesday, February 15 2017 - 12:45 PM
Name:
Graham woodford
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Town, Country:
Crumlin gwent
Comments:
Can anybody tell me how old primrose cottages are on the bottom of hillside road.
Sunday, January 08 2017 - 09:22 PM
Name:
John
Town, Country:
Crymlyn, Gwent
Comments:
The following is from The Illustrated Usk Observer and Raglan Herald 23rd of May 1857.

CRUMLIN. THE VIADUCT.-On Friday last, the Government Inspector, Colonel Wynne, paid a visit to Crumlin. He minutely examined the Viaduct, and had its substantiability proved in a similar manner to which it had been tested on the 6th inst., by running six locomotives with their tenders, weighing 50 tons each, and a number of trucks laden with metal, backwards and forwards abreast on the two lines of rails. With this tremendous weight, equivalent to nearly one and a third tons per foot run, on so light and airy looking a structure, the greatest deflection on any span was two inches, whilst the average of all the spans was less than one and half inches. The inspector expressed himself perfectly satisfied with its strength and stability, and much admired the gossamer-like work. We are given to understand the opening of the Viaduct for passenger traffic as far as Pontllanfraith. near Blackwood, will take place on the 1st of June (Whit Monday), when a great celebration of the event will take place, and excursion trains from all parts of the kingdom are intended to be put on to Hereford.
Friday, December 23 2016 - 08:51 AM
Name:
Anne Lord
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Town, Country:
Coventry
Comments:
Hello Bryn. In answer to your question I have read in Chronicle-Your Place in History that the first man to test the viaduct was Mad Jack from Pontypool. He was told to go very slowly. Before he started he had visited every Public House in Crumlin consuming vast amounts of alcohol. He travelled at great speed over the viaduct and when the shaken engineer asked him why he stated "When Eternity stares you in the face you might as well go Hell for Leather at it".
Thursday, December 15 2016 - 08:15 PM
Name:
Bryn Lewis
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Town, Country:
Bedford England
Comments:
On one of my visits back home I went to see the viaduct, an impresive sight.What I would like to know is who was the engine driver with the nerve to drive the engine over it .
Saturday, November 05 2016 - 09:58 AM
Name:
John avenial thomas
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Town, Country:
Newport, gwent
Comments:
Myself and Billy Haywood used to play under the viaduct,We used to be in a gang and to be able to enter this gang you had to climb so many girders. My older brother Glyn thomas was also part of this gang. I used to live in whitehorn sfeet.many memories.
Monday, October 24 2016 - 06:59 PM
Name:
Timmy
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Town, Country:
Los Angeles
Comments:
Just found you website. Read it from time to time.
Thursday, October 06 2016 - 10:43 PM
Name:
Jonathon
Town, Country:
Aberbeeg, Wales
Comments:
Thanks for the website, my gramps tells us about this viaduct at Crumlin. I would have loved to have seen as it was, with trains crossing, pity it is gone.
Sunday, October 02 2016 - 12:49 PM
Name:
George randall
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Town, Country:
Newport
Comments:
Can anyone remember me George Randall from bronawelon ter sofrydd I worked in hafodrynnys collerys and navigation crumlin if anyone's want to get in touch please do l am on face book
Monday, August 29 2016 - 09:49 AM
Name:
George
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Town, Country:
Newport
Comments:
My name is George Randall. I used to work in Crumlin and im Abedrynis near Pontypool. I made a lot of good friends. Please contact me via Facebook or email. Thank you.
Sunday, August 28 2016 - 09:16 PM
Name:
George
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Town, Country:
Newport
Comments:
My name is George Randall if anyone wants to email me I am on Facebook I used to live at bronawelon ter sofrydd in 1940/50s
Sunday, August 28 2016 - 07:49 PM
Name:
Gloria Jones
Town, Country:
Swindon, England
Comments:
My father worked as an engineer on the GWR and he travelled across the viaduct on many occasions, unfortunately I never did, but I know it was a wonderful experience, as told to me by my dear old dad.
Sunday, August 28 2016 - 09:11 AM
Name:
Margaret Williams
Town, Country:
Wrexham
Comments:
Thanks for the insight. Steel is more ephemeral than the remaining masonry viaducts which makes this resource so valuable.
Monday, August 08 2016 - 07:27 AM
Name:
Gordon
Town, Country:
Llanhilleth
Comments:
Yes the viaduct was a wonderful feat of engineering, especially for the time it was built. Such an awesome sight spanning both valleys.
Wednesday, July 13 2016 - 09:18 AM
Name:
Brenda Moxley
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Town, Country:
Kent
Comments:
Yes the broom handles were used for protecting the Viaduct during the early days of the 2nd WW with the Home Guard. My Dad was one of them.

Monday, June 13 2016 - 12:22 PM
Name:
Shaun Doyles
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Town, Country:
ABERTILLERY
Comments:
Thank you John.
We live in Six Bells now and go through Crumlin often. Wish we could of seen the Viaduct in all its Glory.
Sunday, June 05 2016 - 09:04 PM
Name:
Mary Thomas
Town, Country:
Cardiff
Comments:
John, thank you for a wonderful website. I was born at Crown Street, Crumlin and we always had a good view of the viaduct looking straight up the street towards Pugsley's the Butcher's, what lovey memories, thanks.
Thursday, May 12 2016 - 09:32 AM
Name:
Kieran Lee
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Town, Country:
Nottingham England
Comments:
Many thanks for this superb and inspirational website. I am currently working on a project which aim to restore and bring back into use the Bennerley Viaduct. There were attempts to demolish our viaduct post Beeching but thankfully, it survived and it still stands majestically at the foot of the valley. No doubt, the Victorian engineers who built and designed Bennerley Viaduct were influenced by the engineering feat at Crumlin. It is such a tragedy that short term thinking resulted in the demolition of Crumlin. I hope we can keep our for future generations to cherish.
Saturday, March 26 2016 - 05:23 PM
Name:
Rebecca Eversley
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Town, Country:
Newport
Comments:
Hi all, me again. I am working with the High Level primary school on another Viaduct project. We are looking for your memories to share with others in our project. If anyone is willing to share please do email me. We are also interested in hearing about any pieces of it that you may have. Many of you have already helped us and we thank you for that. The children love hearing the memories!What a great website. Well done John!
Friday, March 11 2016 - 10:33 AM
Name:
Andrew Edwards
Town, Country:
Blackwood, Wales
Comments:
I remember going to watch some of the filming of Arabesque with Sophia Loren and Gregory Peck at the Crumlin High level station. The Arabian horses were magnificent, it was a thrill.
Saturday, March 05 2016 - 09:53 AM
Name:
John
Town, Country:
Crumlin
Comments:
Jonathan,
You can just make out Ton-y-Felin house in photograph No.96
Monday, February 08 2016 - 07:05 PM
Name:
jonathan way
Town, Country:
Abertillery
Comments:
MY Mother Mary Williams grew up in Ton y Felin house on the Western side just above the Bridgend pub she often waved to passengers travelling by and must have had a fabulous view of the Viaduct she would love to see a photo from east to west with her house in the background
Sunday, January 31 2016 - 06:21 PM
Name:
Anne Lord
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Town, Country:
Coventry.England
Comments:
I lived in Crumlin for the first 32 years of my life. We moved here to Coventry in 1974 for my husbands work. Crumlin is still my home and I miss living there. I miss the viaduct and the mountains. I was lucky enough to cross the viaduct at least nine times. The first time I was 9 and it was a bit scary but thrilling. I get very angry about the demolishing of the viaduct. They said it needed a lot of maintenance but so do stone-built ones and they are still standing. My brother and sister still live down home so we visit as often as we can. It's a pity they couldn't make the bridges over the river a bit more attractive. Bring back the Victorians. Wouldn't it be a good idea to make souvenir Crumlin spoons with the Viaduct on the end. Thanks for this site. I love it.
Sunday, January 31 2016 - 04:20 PM