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Morfa Bridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Bonymaen (Bôn-y-maen), Swansea

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6418 / 51°38'30"N

Longitude: -3.9316 / 3°55'53"W

OS Eastings: 266439

OS Northings: 195438

OS Grid: SS664954

Mapcode National: GBR WTT.Q8

Mapcode Global: VH4K3.SZXR

Entry Name: Morfa Bridge

Listing Date: 22 October 2003

Last Amended: 22 October 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 81960

Location: Across the River Tawe, beside the entrance to Swansea Athletic Stadium.

County: Swansea

Town: Swansea

Community: Bonymaen (Bôn-y-maen)

Community: Bonymaen

Locality: Morfa

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Iron and timber bascule bridge built 1909 for Williams, Foster and Company. It provided a rail link between the Morfa Works and waste tips on the E side of the Tawe. The bridge has a water tank under its W end which when filled caused the main deck of the bridge to lift clear of its timber supports.

Exterior

Iron and timber bascule bridge with coursed rubble abutments with raked revetment walls, raised twin piers with pyramidal cappings. Timber deck with modern handrails supported by braced timber piers with raked supports. Wider centre bay with square timber pier on W bank supports ironwork girder frame to counterpoised lifting deck (formerly with hydraulic power but now fixed).

Reasons for Listing

Included as a rare survival of the historically important lifting and swivelling bridges on the lower Afon Tawe. Scheduled Ancient Monument GM392.

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