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White Bridge (also known as Berw Bridge), Pontypridd

Description: White Bridge (also known as Berw Bridge)

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 26 February 2001
Cadw Building ID: 24848

OS Grid Coordinates: 307749, 191043
Latitude/Longitude: 51.6102, -3.3324

Location: Bonvilston Rd, PontypriddRhondda Cynon Taff CF37 2AB

Locality: Pontypridd
County: Rhondda Cynon Taf
Country: Wales
Postcode: CF37 2AB

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Listing Text

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

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.


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.

Reason 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.

Bressey, C H and J Buchan, British Bridges, 1933, p404;
Mouchel. L G, Hennebique Ferro-Concrete Theory and Practice: A Handbook for Engineers and Architects, 1909, p257;
Newman, John, The Buildings of Wales: Glamorgan, 1995, p526.

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

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

Source: Cadw

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