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White Bridge (also known as Berw Bridge)

A Grade II* Listed Building in Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6106 / 51°36'38"N

Longitude: -3.3336 / 3°20'1"W

OS Eastings: 307749

OS Northings: 191043

OS Grid: ST077910

Mapcode National: GBR HQ.9Q6D

Mapcode Global: VH6DK.5SH4

Entry Name: White Bridge (also known as Berw Bridge)

Listing Date: 26 February 2001

Last Amended: 26 February 2001

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 24848

Building Class: Transport

Location: Spanning the River Taff approximately 0.7km NNE of Pontypridd Bridge.

County: Rhondda Cynon Taff

Town: Pontypridd

Community: Pontypridd

Locality: Coed-pen-maen

Traditional County: Glamorgan

History

Built in 1907, designed by P R A Willoughby, surveyor to Pontypridd Urban District Council, in association with L G Mouchel & Partners, pioneers of reinforced concrete construction. The contractor was Watkin Williams & Page. Its river span, of 35m, was when built the longest reinforced concrete arch in Britain.

Exterior

Reinforced concrete bridge of a single arch spanning the river and narrower outer round-headed arches. The river is spanned by 3 parallel segmental trusses with cross braces and vertical spandrel columns to support the deck, springing from shallow piers on common bases. The outer arches have similar detail. The parapet has been replaced with modern galvanised railings. The abutments are of rock-faced sandstone, belonging to an earlier bridge on the site. The tops of piers have added lamp posts.

Reasons for Listing

Listed grade II* as a major road bridge belonging to the first generation of reinforced concrete construction, a type of structure now exceptionally rare in Wales.

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