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SE portal of Conwy Railway Tunnel

A Grade II Listed Building in Conwy, Conwy

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.2807 / 53°16'50"N

Longitude: -3.8318 / 3°49'54"W

OS Eastings: 277965

OS Northings: 377530

OS Grid: SH779775

Mapcode National: GBR 1ZPH.7P

Mapcode Global: WH654.3SLV

Entry Name: SE portal of Conwy Railway Tunnel

Listing Date: 30 December 2005

Last Amended: 30 December 2005

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 87457

Location: Immediately W of Conwy station and directly beneath the E side of Upper Gate Street.

County: Conwy

Town: Conwy

Community: Conwy

Community: Conwy

Locality: Walled town

Built-Up Area: Conwy

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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History

On the Chester & Holyhead Railway, and built in 1845. Its chief engineer was Robert Stephenson, and contractor for the Conwy section was John Evans. Conwy tunnel was the site where the ceremonial first sod of the railway was cut on St David's Day, 1845. This section of the line opened in 1846.

Exterior

Portal of snecked rock-faced stone with lighter grey tooled stone jambs and voussoirs to a round arch. A corbel table is at the base of the parapet, which also has 2 light-grey freestone bands (mostly obscured by vegetation at the time of survey). The stepped parapet has saddleback copings.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its special interest as a tunnel portal of definite mid C19 architectural character, one of a number of items contributing to the overall historical integrity of this section of the former Chester & Holyhead Railway.

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