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Lion on W side of S entrance to Britannia Bridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Pentir, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.2141 / 53°12'50"N

Longitude: -4.1831 / 4°10'59"W

OS Eastings: 254321

OS Northings: 370780

OS Grid: SH543707

Mapcode National: GBR 5M.1JBM

Mapcode Global: WH546.QG8W

Entry Name: Lion on W side of S entrance to Britannia Bridge

Listing Date: 22 September 1997

Last Amended: 22 September 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18907

Building Class: Transport

Location: The lion is mounted high above the original rail approach to the bridge, and is accessed by a track passing through the Treborth-uchaf farm group.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Bangor

Community: Pentir

Community: Pentir

Locality: Treborth

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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One of a pair, probably designed by Francis Thompson, architect, and erected on the southern approach to the bridge prior to the opening of the Britannia Bridge in 1850.


Rock faced sandstone plinth, 5 courses high, with a single course scappled pedestal carrying a large limestone crouching lion gazing to the SE, built up from 11 large pieces of limestone and carved in a bold Egyptian style. Each lion cost £1,024.

Reasons for Listing

Included at Grade II as an important element in the design of the bridge, a pair with the lion on the NE side, and of group value with the bridge.

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