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Former Tramroad Bridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Sarn, Bridgend

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Coordinates

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

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

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.

County: Bridgend

Community: Newcastle Higher (Y Castellnewydd)

Community: Newcastle Higher

Locality: Aberkenfig

Built-Up Area: Sarn

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

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.

Exterior

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.

Reasons for Listing

A rare example of an early railway bridge and an important component of the early industrial history of the district.

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