The Embankment, Traeth Mawr, Tre-madoc, North Wales
Artist: Billington, Horace W.
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View of the embankment at Traeth Maw in Pembrookshire, Wales. 19th century entrepreneur William Alexander Madocks saw the potential of the area and planned to encourage the export of Welsh slate by constructing a road which would become the principal route from London to Dublin. He reclaimed a large expanse of land from the sea by constructing an embankment, or Cob. By 1811 the embankment was complete; it was 1.6 miles long, 18ft wide at the top and 90ft wide at the bottom and took 4,000 men over 3 years to build. The toll for vehicle travelling across the cob was 5 pence.