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Carew Bridge

A Grade II* Listed Building in Carew, Pembrokeshire

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Latitude: 51.6992 / 51°41'56"N

Longitude: -4.8266 / 4°49'35"W

OS Eastings: 204761

OS Northings: 203828

OS Grid: SN047038

Mapcode National: GBR GB.S0TD

Mapcode Global: VH2PJ.9K68

Plus Code: 9C3QM5XF+M9

Entry Name: Carew Bridge

Listing Date: 14 May 1970

Last Amended: 6 February 1997

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 5939

Building Class: Transport

Location: About 500 m E of Carew Castle carrying the Carew to Cresselly road across the estuary of the Carew River.

County: Pembrokeshire

Town: Tenby

Community: Carew (Caeriw)

Community: Carew

Locality: Carew Village

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

Tagged with: Bridge

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There has probably been a bridge in this location (on an ancient river-crossing) from the commencement of the Castle. The obstruction to the river caused by the tidal mill barrier probably led to the construction of a bridge similar to the present one. The triple-arches at the centre of the bridge are perhaps C18: there was a bond to keep the bridge in repair in 1730. The bridge in its present general form is a peripheral feature in C19 views of the Castle, except that the causeways were lower than now with a pronounced rise to the hump-backed triple-arched middle section. This hump is clearly the reason why the outer arches are lower than the central one. There was also a contract for repairs in 1810-11. At some time the causeways were raised. Part of the N causeway was rebuilt by J Hicks and Sons in 1938. Recent repairs include the concrete grouting of the interior.


Three arches with a long causeway approach at each end. The causeways are constructed with a battered face to the downstream side (W) and to part of the upstream side. The carriageway is about 4.5 m wide between parapets. The parapets widen out at each end and the W parapet is continued for about 50m along the N bank of the downstream pond.

The bridge arches occupy the centre section and are separated by two cutwaters which also provide pedestrian refuges. The arches are each of about 3 m span and of segmental shape with deep thin voussoirs. The centre arch rises about 0.3 m higher than the outer arches. The bridge structure is in coursed limestone rubble the cutwaters and voussoirs hammer-dressed and the parapet in random rubble with large flat copings.

Reasons for Listing

Listed II* as a fine early bridge which forms a valuable feature of the landscape and has group value with the Castle and the French Tidal Mill.

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    In Carew village, at the E side of the road approaching Carew Bridge. The Chapel stands back from the road behind a high wall with gatepiers and wrought-iron gates.
  • II Telephone Call-box
    On the road-side, opposite Picton Terrace, in the centre of the village.
  • II No. 5 Picton Terrace,,,Carew Village,Tenby,,SA70 8SL
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  • II Castle Lodge
    In a mid position in the row attached at the E end of the Carew Inn. There is a later rubble-stone wall at the front with gatepiers and an iron gate.
  • II Old Stable Cottage
    In a mid position in the row attached at the E of the Carew Inn.
  • II No 1 & 2
    In Carew village, adjacent to the Carew Inn. There is a white-painted stone wall at the front with a slate coping and neat iron railings, and two large gate-piers.
  • II Carew Inn
    At the junction of the village main street and the A4075. At the front are cast-iron railings on a high plinth wall of rubble masonry.
  • II Castle Entrance Gatepiers and Old Cobbler's Shop
    At the entrance to Carew Castle, nearly opposite to the Carew Inn.

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