The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and The History of the Canal

View of the Queen's rowbarge Gloriana proceeding up the Thames in 2012

The Queen’s remarkable reign of sixty years is also quite remarkable when thinking about the history of the Canal. Queen Elizabeth II has ruled for over a quarter of the time of the Canal’s existence. In fact the timeline of the Canal has been dominated by two monarchs – both Queens. The Monmouthshire Canal  and The Brecknock & Abergavenny Canal both began their existence in the reign of George III.

The following timeline is not a comprehensive list of events, but it does give an idea of the history of the canal under different reigns.

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1812 – 2012 Bicentenary Celebrations

Ringing the Bells Ringing the bells to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the joining of the Monmouthshire Canal with The Brecknock and Abergavenny Canal got off to a great start at Pontymoile Basin at 12 noon on Friday 10th February. Particular thanks go to Richard Dommett MBE for his part in organising the event and for making the framework that held the bell – it was very impressive to say … Read more

1812 – 2012 Bicentenary Celebrations – Anniversary Dinner

A special year in the history of the Mon and Brec Canal got off to a great start at a special anniversary dinner held at the Angel Hotel, Abergavenny. Why the Angel Hotel? Why this particular date? The answer lies in the minutes of the Brecknock & Abergavenny Canal Navigation: Meeting of the Committee of the Company of Proprietors of the Brecknock & Abergavenny Canal Navigation The Angel Inn, Abergavenny, … Read more

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