Monmouth Quay History

There used to be a series of warehouses and quays that stretched along the riverside and many of these were removed when the dual carriageway was built in the late 1960s.
In the 18th century river boats were made with a flat bottom so that they could draw up on muddy riverbanks.  They were called ‘trows’ because they were like floating ‘troughs’.  Trows  were  designed with a mast that could be lowered to get under the bridges.  Further downstream on this bank there was a bark house where oak bark was processed, dried and stored. Other cargo shipped from here included quarry stone, timber, iron, coal and agricultural produce such as wheat and cider. These busy quays were once the lifeblood of this border town, with trade travelling upstream towards Hereford and downstream to Chepstow, Bristol and beyond.  The river once carried all the cargo that is now transported by road or rail.


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