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Packhorse Bridge over Burry Pill

A Grade II Listed Building in Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton, Swansea

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6115 / 51°36'41"N

Longitude: -4.2274 / 4°13'38"W

OS Eastings: 245870

OS Northings: 192652

OS Grid: SS458926

Mapcode National: GBR GR.JH01

Mapcode Global: VH3MP.PR0G

Entry Name: Packhorse Bridge over Burry Pill

Location: In Cheriton Wood, on a footpath south west from Kittlehill

County: Swansea

Town: Swansea

Community: Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton

Locality: Cheriton

Traditional County: Glamorgan

Listing Date: 3 March 2000

Last Amended: 3 March 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Building Class: Transport

Source ID: 22877

History

Probably an early C17 bridge, taken to be contemporary with Western Mill, possibly built by the miller to enable packhorses to come and go without having to pass through a ford. The mill is believed to be early C17; it is mentioned in a lease renewal of 1667 as a grist mill tenanted by Henry Else.
The bridge replaces a ford across the Burry Pill, on a path connecting the mill to Cheriton and Landimore via Kittle Hill.
The bridge is clearly indicated on the 1844 Tithe Map.

Exterior

A packhorse bridge (or a bridge for small carts only) without parapets, on three small segmental arches each of about 1½ metres span. Rubble masonry, axe-dressed arches. The bridge is about 2½ metres wide and including the approaches about 30 metres in length.
The centre arch has been rebuilt in a rougher technique.

Reasons for Listing

A very well preserved small vernacular bridge for packhorse or small cart traffic.

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