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Bascule Bridge (also listed in Queensferry rec no 84434)

A Grade II Listed Building in Shotton, Flintshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.211 / 53°12'39"N

Longitude: -3.016 / 3°0'57"W

OS Eastings: 332244

OS Northings: 368702

OS Grid: SJ322687

Mapcode National: GBR 74.1RX4

Mapcode Global: WH885.NK06

Entry Name: Bascule Bridge (also listed in Queensferry rec no 84434)

Listing Date: 27 May 2005

Last Amended: 24 August 2005

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 85251

Location: The bridge carries the B5441 across the River Dee, linking Garden City with Queensferry.

County: Flintshire

Town: Deeside

Community: Sealand

Community: Sealand

Locality: Garden City

Built-Up Area: Shotton

Traditional County: Flintshire

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History

Constructed in 1924-6 by Sir Basil Mott and the Flintshire County Surveyor and Bridge Master, R G Whitley. It replaced the Victoria Jubilee Bridge, completed only in 1899, which did not have the size or strength to carry the volume of traffic. The snecked stone abutments of the Victorian bridge survive immediately to the W.

Exterior

Bascule bridge constructed of riveted I-section steel girders, the slightly humped deck with opening joint to centre, supported on 2 pairs of large circular piers, rendered over iron or steel, each pair separated by lateral braces; low abutments built of concrete blocks. The superstructure is of vertical and raked steel posts, horizontal steel beams, with lateral braces across top of lighter lattice work. The opening mechanisms, located over the 2 sets of piers, consist of pairs of curved racks, which swung down onto pegged beams pulling up the cantilevered road sections; attached above each pair of racks is a large angled steel plate within a high vertical superstructure of lattice steelwork, girders curving down to join the top of the main superstructure. A frame containing the gearing mechanism, including small gear wheels, is located in front of the steel plates, but the original power source has gone. The road is flanked by footways outside the main superstructure, supported underneath by curved beams; the footways pass under original steel archways which are joined to the opening mechanisms, and they have plain steel railings. Many of the steel girders are labelled 'Cargo Fleet England', a few marked 'Lanarkshire'.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its technical interest as a rare surviving example of a bascule bridge, retaining its architectural character and detail.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Bascule Bridge
    Crossing the River Dee on the N boundary of the community, at the N end of Station Road.
  • II Ferry bank Farm
    Located on Fox's Drive which leads E from Welsh Road (B5441). The gable end of the farmhouse fronts the road.
  • II Former Willans & Robinson Factory, West Block
    Located on the industrial estate between Queensferry and Sandycroft, between Factory Road and the River Dee. Factory Road is reached off Chester Road (East) and Chemistry Lane.
  • II Former Willans & Robinson Factory, Central Block
    Located on the industrial estate between Queensferry and Sandycroft, between Factory Road and the River Dee. Factory Road is reached off Chester Road (East) and Chemistry Lane.
  • II Former Willans & Robinson Factory, East Block
    Located on the industrial estate between Queensferry and Sandycroft, between Factory Road and the River Dee. Factory Road is reached off Chester Road (East) and Chemistry Lane.
  • II Queensferry War Memorial Institute
    Located at a traffic junction on the S side of Queensferry village, in front of a retail park.
  • II Former Office Buildings, Shotton Steelworks
    On the north side of the River Dee just to the NE of the former Corus Steelworks office building, via a road leading from the Bascule Bridge.
  • II Office Building, Corus Steelworks
    Located on the N bank of the River Dee adjacent to Hawarden Bridge. Reached by a works road, which runs W off Welsh Road and follows the river.

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