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Latitude: 51.5353 / 51°32'7"N
Longitude: -3.5942 / 3°35'39"W
OS Eastings: 289524
OS Northings: 183027
OS Grid: SS895830
Mapcode National: GBR HC.GJNC
Mapcode Global: VH5HB.NN8W
Plus Code: 9C3RGCP4+48
Entry Name: Former Tramroad Bridge
Listing Date: 20 October 1988
Last Amended: 13 November 1997
Source ID: 11351
Building Class: Transport
Location: Spanning a stream close to the junction with Ogmore River on W side; reached from E side of Bridgend Road between M4 motorway and B4281 road bridge.
Community: Newcastle Higher (Y Castellnewydd)
Community: Newcastle Higher
Built-Up Area: Sarn
Traditional County: Glamorgan
Built to carry the Bridgend Railway, a horse-drawn railway built between 1827 and 1830 between Bridgend and the Dyffryn Llynfi and Porthcawl Railway, which in turn linked the area with the harbour at Porthcawl. The engineer for the railway was John Hodgkinson, who began as principal assistant to Benjamin Outram and became a leading early railway engineer in his own right, responsible for several important lines in South Wales and the Midlands. The railway opened in 1830 and was absorbed into the South Wales Railway in 1861 but abandoned by 1864.
Single-arched bridge of coursed rubble sandstone, which has a round arch with tooled voussoirs and quoins. The abutments are swept out slightly. Above the arch is a shallow string course. Originally there was no parapet, but timber posts and iron rails have been added.
A rare example of an early railway bridge and an important component of the early industrial history of the district.
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