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Name:
PJ
Town, Country:
Coventry
Comments:
Hi Corrine, I believe the Inn was run by the Price family in 1916?
Wednesday, August 30 2017 - 10:06 PM
Name:
Corrine Harvey
Town, Country:
NEWPORT
Comments:
Can anyone tell md more about the history of The Bridgend Inn pub??
My grandparents lived in the area and would like to know more about it.
Thanks!!
Wednesday, August 23 2017 - 02:28 PM
Name:
Anne Lord
Town, Country:
Coventry.England
Comments:
Re.my previous message it should be called not caked!
The photo is also on this lovely site.
Monday, August 14 2017 - 06:31 PM
Name:
Anne Lord
Town, Country:
Coventry.England
Comments:
Born in Crumlin many years ago. Anthony George asked about a farm caked Rhiw Isaf being where the Bridgend Inn is now. Rhiw Isaf means the lower Hill. I know there was a farm right at the bottom of Hillside. I have a photo of it and the farm is on the left.
Monday, August 14 2017 - 06:25 PM
Name:
Teresa Roberts
E-Mail:
Town, Country:
Blackwood
Comments:
my name is tony roberts Iused to live 40 rectory road crumlin its my wifes e mail adress i crossed the viaduct on many occasions on foot i would like to hear from anyone i went to school with at the e mail above keep up the great work john
Monday, August 14 2017 - 01:06 AM
Name:
John
Town, Country:
Newport, Wales
Comments:
I worked at the Navigation Colliery in Crumlin, which was a short distance from the viaduct. For obvious reasons the coal seams under the viaduct were left untouched.
Monday, June 12 2017 - 03:33 PM
Name:
john wilson
Town, Country:
luton, bedfordshire
Comments:
Still going great John - a life's work well done!
Sunday, May 07 2017 - 02:12 PM
Name:
Valerie Duffin
Town, Country:
Poole Dorset
Comments:
In the 60s I used to go to school traveling from Pontllanfraith across the Crumlin Viaduct to Pontypool, sometimes you could not see the ground beneath being amongst the clouds, and you could have snow at one side of the Viaduct and not the other happy days.
Wednesday, May 03 2017 - 03:42 PM
Name:
Everitt Austin
E-Mail:
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
E-Mail:
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
E-Mail:
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
E-Mail:
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
E-Mail:
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
E-Mail:
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
E-Mail:
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
E-Mail:
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
E-Mail:
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
E-Mail:
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
E-Mail:
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