Aaron Brute’s bridge was first built in 1812 by (as you might expect) local preacher Aaron Brute as a means of transporting the valuable minerals he found to the ironworks. As one of the oldest cast iron bridges in Britain and, therefore, the world, it holds an important place in the evolution of Blaenavon as a powerhouse of the industrial revolution.
In more recent years the bridge formed part of a public footpath, that was until it was weakened to the point of closure. With a huge desire to see it restored, local Gareth Philips managed to raise the funds to have it restored and reinstated. This involved its careful removal in an exoskeleton of scaffolding, the rebuilding of the bridge abutments by specialist stone masons, the repair of the weir, and the reinstatement of bridge following highly skilled conservation work.
Following the completion of the restoration work, the bridge will once again be accessible to pedestrians.