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Railway Bridge over Dock Feeder

A Grade II Listed Building in Butetown, Cardiff

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4769 / 51°28'36"N

Longitude: -3.1717 / 3°10'17"W

OS Eastings: 318725

OS Northings: 175975

OS Grid: ST187759

Mapcode National: GBR KKN.SJ

Mapcode Global: VH6FD.Z44N

Entry Name: Railway Bridge over Dock Feeder

Listing Date: 20 August 1992

Last Amended: 21 August 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13987

Building Class: Transport

Location: Carrying the railway to Bute Road over the Dock Feeder at a skewed angle, immediately S of the main line; beside an industrial estate.

County: Cardiff

Community: Butetown

Community: Butetown

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Built to carry the Taff Vale Railway over the feeder to the West Bute Dock. Possibly constructed 1839-40 when West Bute Dock and Taff Vale Railway were constructed; George Bush, resident engineer to I K Brunel laid out railway and supervised construction. Alternatively may have replaced a temporary timber bridge in 1850s or 60s. The bridge has been widened - see changes to brickwork on underside.

Exterior

Built on a skew. Coursed rock-faced rubble masonry with dressed coping and stepped stringcourse over arch. Long thin voussoirs to broad elliptical arch. Ramped and tapered pilaster buttresses and ramped abutments to each side, that to SW side has sweeping curve ending in low pier with coping. Similar masonry treatment at N end. The underside has yellow brick at S end and red brick to N. Towpaths to both banks of the feeder, closed at S end by iron gates with finials.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an exceptional early skew railway overbridge with fine architectural quality and for its special interest to the history of the Taff Vale Railway.

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