Horse-drawn Tramways of the Wye Valley


Heather Hurley


The book gives a good description of the various tramroads in the area under consideration … and should appeal to the general reader who wishes to find out something about those tramroads. – The Local Historian

The early tramways in the Wye Valley were a short-lived transport system of horse-drawn waggons on rails, operating from the late eighteenth century to the introduction of steam locomotives in the middle of the nineteenth century, and primarily used for transporting goods such as coal and wood.

This book explores all of the tramways known to have existed in and around the Wye Valley from Kington, through Brecon and Hay to Abergavenny, Monmouth, the Forest of Dean and Hereford; the routes taken, the companies that built and ran them, and the people who used them. It draws on extensive research of Tramway Company archives, Acts and ledgers, maps and plans, newspapers and journals, archaeological reports, books and illustrations, as well as detailed fieldwork.

Richly illustrated, this book offers captivating insights into early nineteenth-century transport history, trade routes and the beginnings of the steam railway on the Welsh border.

Heather Hurley lives in Herefordshire and has a keen interest in local history. She has written a number of books, including The Scudamores of Kentchurch and Holme Lacy, The Story of Ross, Landscape Origins of the Wye Valley and The Green Lanes of Herefordshire.

Paperback | 176 pages | 242 x 171mm | Nov 2022
Colour illustrations & maps

ISBN 9781910839607


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