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Pont Gethin

A Grade II* Listed Building in Betws-y-Coed, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.0681 / 53°4'5"N

Longitude: -3.8227 / 3°49'21"W

OS Eastings: 277967

OS Northings: 353870

OS Grid: SH779538

Mapcode National: GBR 63.BMX9

Mapcode Global: WH669.74XR

Plus Code: 9C5R359G+6W

Entry Name: Pont Gethin

Listing Date: 13 October 1966

Last Amended: 17 February 1997

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3187

Building Class: Transport

Location: Spanning the Lledr valley dramatically at the western boundary of the community with that of Betws-y-Coed and spanning the A 470 Llanrwst to Dolwyddelan road; partly in Betws-y-Coed community.

County: Conwy

Community: Dolwyddelan

Community: Dolwyddelan

Locality: Pont Gethin

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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Constructed as the 'Lledr Viaduct' in 1879 as bridge no. 34 of the Conwy Valley line from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Llandudno Junction. The builder was a Penmachno stonemason, Owen Gethin Jones, a sub-contractor to the main contractors D and E Jones of Betws-y-Coed. The quality of construction was criticised by the Railway Inspector Colonel Rich, in his report, though the work was grudgingly passed as satisfactory.


Railway viaduct 326m in length, with 24m main arch over the river Lledr and six smaller arches, the first spanning the A 470 askew. Massive construction of local slatestone blocks, snecked and rough-shaped, with Penmaenmawr stone dressings and red brick soffits. The arches have dressed voussoirs below plain archrings and are surmouinted by a sham-machicholated parapet, shallow-stepped and with 'arrow slits' over the arches; plain capping. Flanking the main, road and grouped lesser arches, are semi-circular turrets with refuges ornamented with battlements in three tiers above. Incised into a block on a road-flanking turret is the inscription: ' O Gethin D Jones, Penmachno, 1879'.

Reasons for Listing

Included at Grade II* as an important and monumental C19 railway viaduct.

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