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Wye Bridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Monmouth, Monmouthshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8114 / 51°48'41"N

Longitude: -2.7099 / 2°42'35"W

OS Eastings: 351155

OS Northings: 212767

OS Grid: SO511127

Mapcode National: GBR FL.X2FK

Mapcode Global: VH86T.ZQ7R

Entry Name: Wye Bridge

Listing Date: 15 August 1974

Last Amended: 10 August 2005

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2220

Building Class: Transport

Location: The principal entry to Monmouth from the south and east.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Monmouth

Community: Monmouth (Trefynwy)

Community: Monmouth

Locality: May Hill

Built-Up Area: Monmouth

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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History

Site of the medieval bridge over the River Wye on east side of town. The present bridge dates from a complete rebuild in 1615, when it had seven spans, according to Coxe, but only five are shown on the Tithe Map of 1843. The bridge was again widened on both sides in 1878-80, architect Edwin Seward of Cardiff (but note inscription), when it was also given corbelled out parapet walls to carry footways. The westernmost arch has been further altered by canted approaches from the A40 dual-carriageway which was built along the river bank between the bridge and the town in 1962.

Exterior

Built of red and buff sandstone ashlar with much patching. Five arched spans with the original pointed arches visible beneath but with both faces covered by segmental arches carried on the sharply pointed cutwaters. Corbel brackets carry altered parapet walls on either side and there are projecting features with pyramid finials between each arch with an additional one carrying an inscription in the centre of the bridge on the upstream side. The inscription says, 'This bridge was widened 1879 from designs by the County Surveyor, David Roberts Contractor'.
There is a long approach causeway on the east (qv Flood Arches] and the bridge has been slightly shortened on the west end.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its special interest as a handsome historic bridge at an important river crossing.

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