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Bradshaw’s Guide

Gloucester to Newport, Swansea, Carmarthen, and Milford Haven

South Wales Railway

Gloucester to Newport

This line of railway affords great facilities to tourists and lovers of the picturesque for visiting the beautiful scenery of Wales.

Gloucester is now the central point of communication between the north and the south, the east and the west of the kingdom. From Plymouth there is an uninterrupted run through Bristol and Gloucester into the farthest points of the north where the iron road has yet pierced its way.

Upon starting, the line proceeds over an embankment and viaduct over the low meadows near the Severn, and then passes over the two bridges, and continues along the west bank of the Severn. The beautiful spire of Higham new church appears in view, and is quickly left behind, and in a few minutes the train reaches the first station on the line, which is called “Oakle Street,” a rural spot, convenient for Churcham.

Grange Court Junction. – Westbury-upon-Severn, 1 mile distant. The trains of the Hereford, Ross, and Gloucester Railway turn off at this station to the right.

Grange Court to Newport

The forest hills are soon approached, and then we obtain a glimpse of the Severn, and passing on through Broadoak, we reach the station at

Newnham

Newnham stands on an eminence rising from the western bank of the Severn, which is here nearly a mile across at high water.

Immediately after leaving this station a short tunnel passes underneath the East Dean Road, and, emerging thence, a fine reach of the Severn, called Bullo Pill, is presented to view.

The line passes along the margin of the river for several miles, and in some places the water is so near, that at high tides it approaches close to the railway.

Gatcombe station (Purton).

Lydney. – At the distance of 5½ miles from this station is Clearwell Castle, the seat of the Dowager Countess of Dunraven.

The railway here crosses the rivers Severn and Wye.

We here leave the county of Gloucester, and enter that of Monmouth.

Chepstow

Chepstow is a market town, in the county of Monmouth, situated near the mouth of the river Wye. The town is large and has within the last few years been much improved.

Portskewet, Magor, and Llanwern stations.

Newport

This is a sea port town of some importance, having a population of 23,249.

Newport to Cardiff

From Newport, we pass through a short tunnel and cross the river Ebbw, soon after arriving at Marshfield Station, situated in a dreary extent of country, called the Westloeg Level. Crossing the river Rumney, we enter Glamorganshire.

Cardiff

Cardiff, a borough town, and capital of Glamorganshire, is built on the east bank of the river Taff or Tay, near its entrance into the mouth of the Severn.

Cardiff to Neath

Our onward progress from Cardiff brings us through Ely, St. Fagans, and Peterston to

Pencoed

Bridgend

Five miles from this improving town, at which the county elections are held, lies situated, on the coast, Dunraven Castle.

The Llynvi Valley line, originally an old tramway, turns off here to the right, passing along the valley, rich in coal and iron, to the junction at Tondu, at which point the Ogmore Valley line branches out to the left through Cefn, crossing the South Wales line at Pyle, thence to Porthcawl where there is a very good harbour, and from whence much coal and iron is shipped. From Tondu the line proceeds through a hilly country to Llangonoyd, and thence to Maesteg, a place of rising importance on account of its extensive iron works.

Pyle station.

Port Talbot

Here is an orangery, 327 feet by 81 which contains the produce of a cargo from Holland intended for Queen Mary, but wrecked here in 1694.

Briton Ferry station.

Neath

Neath is a busy place, from its being a coal and mineral port.

Llansamlet station.

Landore

Here passengers change carriages for Swansea two miles distant. The view they obtain here of the valley down to Swansea is very striking.

Swansea

This important seat of the copper trade, is also a parliamentary borough, jointly with Neath, &c., and stands at the head of a fine bay, on the west side of Glamorganshire.

Gower Road (Mumbles) and Loughor stations.

Leaving the Loughor station, we cross by a low bridge the Loughor river, and enter Carmarthenshire.

Llanelly to Milford Haven

Kidwelly

This is a small decayed borough, having a population of about 1,652, engaged principally as tin-workers.

Ferryside station.

Carmarthen

Carmarthen is the capital of Carmarthenshire on the South Wales Railway, and the river Towey, with a population of 9,993. It is one of the most healthy towns, and commands a view of one of the finest vales in the principality.

St. Clears

This is a mere nominal borough and market town, with a population of 1,129, engaged in the coasting and provision trade. There are the remains of a Norman castle and priory, given to All Soul’s College, Oxford.

The line now leaves Carmarthen, and enters Pembrokeshire.

Narberth Road

Narberth is a small neat own in the county of Carmarthen, with a population of 2,546.

Those who wish to shorten their journey to Tenby may do so by taking a coach at this station, the road from whence runs direct, a distance of about nine miles.

Haverfordwest

Haverfordwest is a borough town in Pembrokeshire, South Wales. It stands on a western branch of the river Claddau.

Johnston

Johnston Hall, in the vicinity, is the seat of Lord Kensington. Anthracite, or smokeless coal, abounds in this district.

A railway, 3½ miles long, runs from this station to the town of

Milford

The town of Milford has a population of 3,007 partially engaged in ship-building.

New Milford

This has become a station of much importance being the one used for the interchange of traffic to and from the South of Ireland.

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