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Pont Rhyd y Fferau

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys

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Latitude: 52.1072 / 52°6'25"N

Longitude: -3.6388 / 3°38'19"W

OS Eastings: 287859

OS Northings: 246695

OS Grid: SN878466

Mapcode National: GBR YC.9D14

Mapcode Global: VH5DL.W95G

Entry Name: Pont Rhyd y Fferau

Listing Date: 19 January 2001

Last Amended: 19 January 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 24523

Building Class: Transport

Location: The bridge carries the A483 over the River Irfon in the centre of Llanwrtyd Wells.

County: Powys

Town: Builth Wells

Community: Llanwrtyd Wells (Llanwrtyd)

Community: Llanwrtyd Wells

Built-Up Area: Llanwrtyd Wells

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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Road bridge built in 1853 to replace a wooden bridge which had become unsafe. The bridge gave its name (Pont Rhyd y Fferau) to the original settlement here, before the development of Llanwrtyd Wells as a spa town.


Three-arch bridge with flat deck constructed of snecked rock-faced stone. Wide segmental arches of stone voussoirs with raised keystones. Triangular cut-waters with domed caps, which rise as narrow pilasters against parapets. String course to parapets and flat stone copings with slight chamfer. Shallow end piers at same height as parapets. Contemporary wall at right angles to SE.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a well-preserved and unaltered bridge of this period, which forms the central focus of Llanwrtyd Wells, and for its historic interest.

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