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Railway Overbridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Butetown, Cardiff

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4749 / 51°28'29"N

Longitude: -3.172 / 3°10'19"W

OS Eastings: 318699

OS Northings: 175754

OS Grid: ST186757

Mapcode National: GBR KKP.Q7

Mapcode Global: VH6FD.Y6Y5

Entry Name: Railway Overbridge

Listing Date: 8 November 1989

Last Amended: 21 August 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13962

Building Class: Transport

Location: To S of junction with Herbert Street.

County: Cardiff

Community: Butetown

Community: Butetown

Locality: North Butetown

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Carried Taff Vale Railway over the former spur of the Glamorganshire Canal leading into Bute West Dock. Canal filled in and arches blocked but railway bridge and embankment remains in use to Cardiff Bay Railway station. Probably constructed 1839-40 when the Bute West dock and Taff Vale Railway to Dock Station were constructed and opened in successive years. George Bush, resident engineer to I K Brunel, the eminent Victorian engineer, laid out the Taff Vale railway and supervised the construction of this bridge.

Exterior

Triple portal masonry bridge with wharfside paths flanking wide canal opening. Central segmental arch with bullnosed voussoirs (stepped on upper side) and coursed facings, plain cappings. Outer bays forward slightly with semi-circular arch rings. Convex and battered revetment wall sweeps forward at S side to meet outer pier set into embankment.
Ground level risen considerably at arches but left hand opening returns C19 railings and tapered polygonal ironwork piers (stamped Baylis and Co) to wide pedestrian gate with punched Gothic detailing to hinge plate. Part remains of railings to right hand arch. The E side facing Collingdon Road appears similar but is partly masked by later widnening of railway with bow-shaped plated girder bridge. Heavily overgrown at time of inspection (autumn 1997).

Reasons for Listing

An exceptionally early railway overbridge with fine masonry, on historically important Taff Vale Railway.

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