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Oct 9, 2019

Torfaen's show-off engineer

One of Wales' oldest skew bridges crosses the canal at Govera, near Pontypool. It was simpler to build stone bridges at right angles, but the engineer for this part of the canal had worked for the innovative William Jessop ...

Category: General
Posted by: RhodriC

in Lancashire, where early skew bridges were built. There appears to have been no need for a skew bridge at Govera, but engineer William Crosley demonstrated his technical prowess there - and the bridge still stands, more than 200 years later. For more about the history of the bridge and the unsual place-name, use your mobile to scan the HistoryPoints QR codes beside the towpath near the bridge. Or click here