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Latitude: 51.7956 / 51°47'43"N
Longitude: -4.8145 / 4°48'52"W
OS Eastings: 206012
OS Northings: 214514
OS Grid: SN060145
Mapcode National: GBR CS.Y2FK
Mapcode Global: VH2P4.H4MC
Entry Name: Blackpool Bridge
Listing Date: 21 June 1971
Last Amended: 11 November 1997
Source ID: 6089
Building Class: Transport
Location: Crossing the Eastern Cleddau adjacent to Blackpool Mill, closest to the highest navigable point of the river.
Traditional County: Pembrokeshire
The inscription on the parapet states that the bridge was built in about 1830 by Baroness de Rutzen; the Baroness was the daughter and heiress of Nathaniel Phillips, the owner of the Slebech estate and of Blackpool Mill. The inscription plaque is apparently not contemporary with the bridge, as the date indicated appears only to be approximate.
A bridge mostly of limestone but with some admixture of sandstone in the mass of the masonry; all the features are of limestone. It spans about 16 m in one semicircular arch. Ashlar voussoirs about 60 cm deep. There is no keystone, but, at apex, the arch supports a short pilaster terminating in a raised section of coping with a ball. Plain flanking pilasters at each abutment. At each parapet end is a similarly raised section with a ball. The carriageway of the bridge is unusually wide, at about 5.5 m between parapets; the approaches rise gently to the centre.
Listed as a well proportioned and elegantly designed estate bridge; listed also for group value with Blackpool Mill, with which it forms a fine composition.
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