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Records show it was completed by 1795 - in fact its builder sold a half share in it on Jan 7th 1795, so it was probably finished in 1794.


Nicholas Blannin. A section of the Monmouthshire Canal Act of 1792 stated that anybody with works, quarries or mines within eight miles of the (then) proposed canal could ask for a 'Railway' or 'Wagon Road' to be built by the Canal company to link their business with the canal. If after three months the canal company had not agreed the applicant would have the lawful right to build it himself, at his own cost, "without the Consent of the Owner or Owners of such Lands or Grounds, River Banks or Water Courses" it should cross.

In 1793, Nicholas Blannin was rentor of the Caerleon Iron Forge and Stone Quarries. On the 21st of October 1793 he requested that the Canal Company should build a railway from a piece of land called Clomendy, on the Monmouthshire Canal, to his works. When they did not agree to do this he built it himself as the act entitled him to do. However, he did not stop at the Caerleon works, but continued the railroad down to the river in Caerleon where he built a wharf, quay and other works.