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Railway Viaduct (partly in Llandygai community)

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanllechid, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.2149 / 53°12'53"N

Longitude: -4.094 / 4°5'38"W

OS Eastings: 260271

OS Northings: 370699

OS Grid: SH602706

Mapcode National: GBR 5R.1FZ1

Mapcode Global: WH548.2GR6

Entry Name: Railway Viaduct (partly in Llandygai community)

Listing Date: 9 March 2000

Last Amended: 9 March 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22956

Building Class: Transport

Location: Carrying the Chester to Holyhead main line over the Afon Ogwen and then westwards over the former Tre-felin Saw Mill.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Bangor

Community: Llanllechid

Community: Llanllechid

Locality: Tre-felin

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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History

The Chester to Holyhead line was proposed to improve links with Ireland, the bill being passed in July 1844 with Robert Stephenson as engineer and Francis Thompson of Derby as architect. This viaduct is likely to be by Stephenson with assistance from Mr Foster, the resident engineer for this stretch of the line. Opened 1 May 1848 and taken over by the London & North-Western Railway in 1859. The Afon Ogwen here forms the boundary between the Llanllechid and Llandygai communities.

Exterior

14 semi-circular arches. Rock-faced and heavily tooled red sandstone masonry with rusticated voussoirs and quoins. Brick soffits to the arches and plinths and freestone impost bands to each pier; cornice and plain parapet. The end piers slightly project and those flanking the river have ramped brick bases.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a substantial and essentially unaltered early railway structure on the important Chester to Holyhead Railway, the viaduct is both architecturally distinctive and a fine example of railway engineering.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Railway Viaduct (partly in Llanllechid community)
    Carrying the Chester to Holyhead main line over the Afon Ogwen and then westwards over the former Tre-felin Saw Mill.
  • II Former Sawmill Manager's House
    Situated directly to the east of Tre-felin Cottages at the entrance to the former Tre-felin Saw Mill in the shadow of the viaduct of the Chester to Holyhead railway; curved rubblestone wall with slate
  • II Tre-felin Cottages
    One of a series of 4 paired cottages following curve of road and thus forming a crescent to west of the former Tre-felin Sawmill; low rubblestone wall to roadside, while to south are long gardens terr
  • II Tre-felin Cottages
    One of a series of 4 paired cottages following curve of road and thus forming a crescent to west of the former Tre-felin Sawmill; low rubblestone wall to roadside, while to south are long gardens terr
  • II Tal-y-bont Lodge
    Situated on north side of former Bangor-Conwy road at junction with minor road to Tal-y-bont; the lodge forms part of the wall to Penrhyn Park, which is here set back from the road with piers at each
  • II Tre-felin Cottages
    One of a series of 4 paired cottages following curve of road and thus forming a crescent to west of the former Tre-felin Sawmill; low rubblestone wall to roadside, while to south are long gardens terr
  • II Pont Tal-y-bont (partly in Llandygai community)
    Spans the Afon Ogwen on the road between Llanygai and Tal-y-bont; park land of Penrhyn Park to north.
  • II Tre-felin Cottages
    One of a series of 4 paired cottages following curve of road and thus forming a crescent to west of the former Tre-felin Sawmill; low rubblestone wall to roadside, while to south are long gardens terr

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