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Pont y Gwaith

A Grade II Listed Building in Treharris, Merthyr Tydfil

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6695 / 51°40'10"N

Longitude: -3.3313 / 3°19'52"W

OS Eastings: 308028

OS Northings: 197585

OS Grid: ST080975

Mapcode National: GBR HQ.64R6

Mapcode Global: VH6DC.69QJ

Plus Code: 9C3RMM99+QF

Entry Name: Pont y Gwaith

Listing Date: 6 April 1988

Last Amended: 20 February 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11515

Building Class: Transport

Location: Reached down a steep by-road from the old Cardiff to Merthyr road; by-road crosses the former Taff Vale Railway and the line of the Merthyr tramroad before descending to river. Sharp right hand turn

County: Merthyr Tydfil

Town: Merthyr Tydfil

Community: Treharris

Community: Treharris

Locality: Pontygwaith

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Road bridge carrying farm lane over Taff marked on plaque as of 1811, the arch rebuilt in 1993, but said in previous listing to be probably later C18 and by G Breese said to be post 1828, when bridge was recorded as being of wood.

Exterior

Road bridge, rubble stone humped-backed with single arch of exceptional steepness and wide (16.8m) span, rise of 4.8m and width of 4.2m. Arch has thin long cut stone voussoirs, rubble stone soffit. Spandrels are of small stones, the coursing swept up over thin arch crown. Abutment piers are broader, square, with squared stone quoins and base courses. Parapets are rebuilt in rock-faced stone with rock-faced stone rounded copings, splayed out at ends.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a narrow river bridge of exceptional character, crossing the river in a single steep arch.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Pontygwaith Overbridge
    Reached down a steep by-road from the old Cardiff to Merthyr road; by-road crosses the former Taff Vale Railway just before the overbridge.
  • II Pontygwaith Rail Overbridge
    Reached down a steep by-road from the old Cardiff to Merthyr road; by-road crosses the former Taff Vale Railway and the Penydarren Tramroad.
  • II* Quakers Yard Railway Viaduct
    Crossing the Afon Taf just S of Edwardsville.
  • II* Greenfield Bridge, Penydarren Tramroad
    Crossing the Afon Taf some 200m NE of the railway viaduct at Quakers Yard.
  • II Aberfan Fawr Farmhouse
    On W side of River Taff, approximately 500m SW of railway station. At right angles to road, aligned roughly E-W on platformed site.
  • II Barn Range at Aberfan Fawr Farmhouse
    Parallel and opposite (to N) of Aberfan Fawr Farmhouse
  • II Lock House
    At the NE community boundary in an area known as Five Locks, just W of the A470 and reached by a track leading down from Goitre Coed Road between Abercynon and Quakers Yard.
  • II* Victoria Bridge, Penydarren Tramroad
    Crossing the Afon Taf just N and W of Cardiff Road and some 75m N of Bryneulog Terrace.

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