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Latitude: 53.2795 / 53°16'46"N
Longitude: -3.8264 / 3°49'35"W
OS Eastings: 278319
OS Northings: 377396
OS Grid: SH783773
Mapcode National: GBR 1ZQJ.D2
Mapcode Global: WH654.6T4Q
Plus Code: 9C5R75HF+RC
Entry Name: Railway bridge over Llanrwst Road, including attached embankment wall to E
Listing Date: 8 October 1981
Last Amended: 5 May 2006
Source ID: 3312
Building Class: Transport
Location: On the N side of Afon Gyffin, immediately SW of the castle.
Locality: Pont Pensarn
Built-Up Area: Conwy
Traditional County: Caernarfonshire
On the Chester and Holyhead Railway built 1846-8. Its chief engineer was Robert Stephenson, architect Francis Thompson. The bridge was later extended on the N side, where it has subsequently been replaced.
The S side of the bridge has coursed red-sandstone piers between a shallow segmental-pointed rusticated arch. The ashlar parapet is castellated above the piers and has a central blank shield. On the N side the abutments are of later rock-faced stone, and the deck is carried on C20 concrete beams.
On the SE side is a retaining wall above the River Gyffin, extending approximately 120m between the bridge and the tubular bridge. The wall is in 4 sections and 2 facets. The 1st (W) section is of battered snecked rock-faced stone, incorporating 3 heraldic shields, and a moulded stone cornice to an ashlar parapet. It abuts the square turret at the W end of the 2nd section. The turret is of snecked rock-faced stone with ashlar embattled parapet similar to the bridge. The 2nd section of wall is rubble-stone on a stepped plinth, with moulded cornice to an ashlar parapet, and incorporating 2 more shields. The 2nd section terminates with a higher polygonal turret of snecked rock-faced stone and embattled parapet. The 3rd section is similar to the 2nd section. At the W end of the 4th section is a half-round rock-faced turret with shallow ashlar conical cap. The 4th section is of coursed rock-faced stone and abuts the tubular bridge.
Listed for its special interest as a railway bridge and retaining walls of definite architectural character that contribute to the setting of the castle and of the Conwy Tubular Railway Bridge.
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