HistoryPoints News

Apr 11, 2024

Discord at Nightingale Row

The lack of road access to Nightingale Row, near Cwmbrân, caused many problems for residents - including death. The 20 houses were built by an ironmaster and could only be reached via the towpath on the opposite side ...

of the canal. At least two residents drowned when crossing the nearby canal lock to reach their homes. Undertakers had to take special measures to remove bodies from the row, which was notorious in the 1860s for fights between neighbours. For more about the history of these now-vanished houses, use your smartphone to scan the HistoryPoints QR codes near where Maendy Way crosses the canal in Pontnewydd. Or click here