..........This photo begs the question, what was the purpose of the weir? Was it used as some sort of washery perhaps? (apologies if this has been addressed on another thread)
I had always supposed it was created as part of the A465 construction work, (being a child at the time of the supposition I make no apologies), however it is obviously a lot older........................
I think it was part of the water feed system to the old sirhowy iron works. the Heads of the valley road cuts part of the feeder system that run all the way just below st lukes road. thats where the name feeder bank came from. When I was a child growing up in Dukes meadow the feeder was still apparent until they built houses in the field. It was about four feet deep 6 to 10 feet wide in parts. I think I may have a photo somewhere. I think it may have been used to top up the water level in the stream that runs below the Taf yr wern (Old Royal Oak) in Dukestown.
Ps I still remember st lukes church before the bunglow was built. It had a nice spire.
Its Ok I meant the glamorgan tap not taf yr wen. Lucky growing up in the sixties I was still able to see lots of old history before they were all bulldozed. I even remember riding on the scrapers building the heads of the valley road and the scaffolding being erected on the concrete plinths you see just before the wier.