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Kidwelly Bridge/Pont Cydweli

A Grade II Listed Building in Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7377 / 51°44'15"N

Longitude: -4.3086 / 4°18'31"W

OS Eastings: 240689

OS Northings: 206855

OS Grid: SN406068

Mapcode National: GBR GP.BRJZ

Mapcode Global: VH3M2.8LK7

Entry Name: Kidwelly Bridge/Pont Cydweli

Listing Date: 28 July 1998

Last Amended: 28 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20184

Building Class: Transport

Location: Situated on main road (A 484) crossing Gwendraeth Fach, between Bridge Street and New Street.

County: Carmarthenshire

Town: Kidwelly

Community: Kidwelly

Locality: Kidwelly/Cydweli

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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History

Road bridge over Gwendraeth Fach of three distinct periods, the original narrow bridge of uncertain date possibly late C15, widened twice, the exterior faces and parapets now of c1920-30. A bridge is mentioned by Leland in the C16, described as a handsome stone bridge in 1816 by Rees, this probably the bridge illustrated by Gastineau in the earlier C19 with one round and one pointed arch.

Exterior

Rubble stone two-arch bridge with early C20 coursed rock-faced rubble facing to both sides, stone voussoirs to segmental arches, string course and parapet. Parapet has tooled limestone coping and four raised piers, each with tooled limestone caps.
Bridge is carried on a big centre pier with large cutwater both sides into which die the arches of the various bridge widenings. Cutwater projects slightly beyond face of final widening and is carried up to just below parapet coping. Underside of bridge shows clearly line of widening both sides. The original S arch is pointed and the N arch rounded, they die into the main part of the centre pier. The widening has been with segmental arches from the cutwater suggesting that possibly the original bridge had cutwaters carried up as pedestrian refuges.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an early stone bridge, disguised by later alterations.

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