THE TRAMROAD AFFECT CAERLEON?
Many public houses were built,
along the route and in the village, to serve the tramroad. It
was thirsty work leading the horses and loading and unloading
the trams. There must have been some considerable time spent waiting
around too, as ships could only arrive and depart at high tide.
To this day Caerleon retains more than its 'fair share'
of pubs. It is noticeable that many of the inns, and houses that
were inns, have large doorways. One knowledgeable local reckons
the large doorways would permit owners to lead their horses through
the buildings to yards at the backs where they would be safe while
refreshment was taken.
The tramroad must have brought sorely needed money to the village,
employed directly on it
workers keeping it going, blacksmiths farriers etc
involved in shipping (the tramroad must have prolonged the life
of Caerleon's port)
Caerleon and Ponthir works. These could not have continued to
function in an industrial age with such communications. They were
employment for many villagers. Also, the owners of the Caerleon
and Ponthir Works were very influential in the village. They owned
what were arguably the finest houses (Caerleon House and Mynde
Without the tramroad Caerleon would have missed the industrial
revolution and gone into severe decline - had this occurred it
would be a very different place today. It is part of Caerleon's
charm and character that it has been occupied continuosly from
Roman times and retains something from most of the ages it has
seen come and go. A very strong case can be made for the establishment
of a museum, or heritage centre, to demonstrate this and widen
the village's attraction for tourists. Among the exhibits
should be a tram on a section of track. Until then, the photograph
of a section the rail on this website is, as far as we are aware,
the only picture available ANYWHERE of what remains of the track
that helped make Caerleon the place it is today.