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Blackpool Bridge

A Grade II* Listed Building in Martletwy, Pembrokeshire

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Coordinates

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

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 6089

Building Class: Transport

Location: Crossing the Eastern Cleddau adjacent to Blackpool Mill, closest to the highest navigable point of the river.

County: Pembrokeshire

Community: Martletwy

Community: Martletwy

Locality: Blackpool

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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History

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.

Exterior

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.

Reasons for Listing

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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    Across the Eastern Cleddau adjacent to Blackpool Mill, at the highest navigable point of the river. The bridge is half in Martletwy Community and half in Slebech Community.
  • II* Blackpool Mill
    On the left bank of the Eastern Cleddau 1 km SW of Canaston Bridge.
  • II High Toch Farmhouse
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  • II Milepost near High Toch Farm
    On A40(T) road nearly opposite to entrance to High Toch farm.
  • II Newton North Church
    In an isolated position reached across fields about 1 km W of Newhouse Farm.
  • II Castell Coch
    Listed as an exceptionally fine industrial building in the functional tradition, imposingly situated. It survives virtually intact and includes a full working set of machinery.
  • II Ridgeway
    1 km N of Canaston Bridge, to the W of the minor road to Llawhaden

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