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Bridge On The Neath, Vale Of Neath

Bridge On The Neath, Vale Of Neath

Photographer: Napper, R P, British and Foreign Portrait Company

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1864

Shelfmark: 1784.a.30

Item number: 19

Length: 20

Width: 16

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of a bridge over the River Neath in south Wales, taken by R.P. Napper of the British and Foreign Portrait Company. The image is one of twenty landscape photographs documenting the picturesque scenery of the Vale of Neath published in 1864. In his accompanying text, Charles Henry Waring described the image:

“Continuing with our course up the Neath Vaughan River, we arrive at this little footbridge, which is situated about five miles above the village of Pont-Neath-Vaughan, and not many miles from the source of the river. Here occurs a disappearance of the stream in one of the subterranean channels so frequently met with in this limestone district, and common to many parts of this river. From the pool here Photographed, the water finds its way quietly underground until it appears again some distance below. The huge boulder on the right is curiously supported by a small stone, apparently incapable of bearing the superincumbent weight, which nevertheless it must have borne for a very long period.”

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