The feature below was first shown on my website on 24 February 1998
Images of Wales
Tuesday, 24 February 1998
Neath's Castle, River, and Canal
Photography by John Ball - 1 February 1998 (with Agfa ePhoto-307 digital camera)
The ancient town of Neath (Castell Nedd) was once defended by its castle. It lies on the lower reaches of the River Neath (Afon Nedd) at the southern end of the Vale of Neath. The town was once linked to the British canal network by the 18th century Neath & Tennent Canals.
Above: A distant view of Neath, with the tower of St David's
Church rising above the town.
Above: The ruins of Neath Castle are still an impressive sight.
Above: The castle keep now overlooks a supermarket car park,
hidden from view in this scene.
Above: A view of the River Neath (Afon Nedd) looking upstream. The
river (on the right) is tidal at this point. The old Tennant Canal is on
the left, while the bridge carries the main Swansea to London railway
line into Neath town.
Above: Looking downstream from the same position as before. The
river, now on the left, enters the sea at Baglan Bay near Briton
Ferry. The Tennent Canal (right) terminates at Port Tennent in