The 19th century skew bridge with impressive brickwork on its underside, previously served the Merthyr, Tredegar and Abergavenny Railway before being closed in1958.
Located at Govilon near Abergavenny, the bridge forms part of the Sustrans community cycle route and is an attractive feature of the canal that passes underneath its arches.
Julian Atkins Director of Countryside and Land Management at Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority said, “This is a popular and attractive part of the canal and cycle network and we were saddened that this historic structure built over 150 years ago had been defaced in this way. We are resolute however that the actions of a mindless few should not be allowed to prevail and spoil the enjoyment for the many visitors and residents who use this path. The Canal and River Trust share our concerns and we are extremely grateful for their assistance and efforts in removing the graffiti earlier this week.”
National Park Authority Member Champion for Heritage, Martin Buckle said, “We take seriously our responsibility to protect the rich heritage within the boundaries of the National Park. This historic bridge – part of the Blaenavon World Heritage Site – contributes significantly to the charm and character of the area and the canal which passes beneath its arches. The graffiti on the bridge was a blot on the landscape and our decision to remove it should send out a clear message that this sort of vandalism will not be tolerated.”
David Viner, Canal & River Trust heritage advisor, said:
“It is so frustrating that somebody would graffiti the bridge. It’s a hugely valuable piece of local and national heritage, having been built back in the 1860s, and is part of the Blaenavon World Heritage site. That someone thought it a good idea to daub a load of offensive scribble on it, is absolutely mindless. I’m just glad that it has been removed now and boaters, walkers, cyclists and other visitors can again enjoy the area in the condition it is intended to be in.”