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Foryd Bridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Rhyl, Denbighshire

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Latitude: 53.3132 / 53°18'47"N

Longitude: -3.5093 / 3°30'33"W

OS Eastings: 299542

OS Northings: 380644

OS Grid: SH995806

Mapcode National: GBR 3ZY4.11

Mapcode Global: WH653.2Z5F

Plus Code: 9C5R8F7R+77

Entry Name: Foryd Bridge

Listing Date: 14 February 1994

Last Amended: 14 February 1994

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14322

Building Class: Transport

Location: Carries the road over the River Clwyd at the western boundary of the town.

County: Denbighshire

Community: Rhyl (Y Rhyl)

Community: Rhyl

Built-Up Area: Kinmel Bay

Traditional County: Flintshire

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The first bridge on the site was erected by the Rhyl Bridge Company in 1862 and was operated as a toll bridge; it was purchased by the 2 county councils of Flintshire and Denbighshire in 1925. By then in a very poor condition, it was replaced by the present bridge, which opened to traffic in 1932. This was designed by the county surveyor of Flintshire, Mr D G Whitley, in association with Messrs. Rendel, Palmer and Tritton, and was constructed by the engineers Dorman, Long & Co.


Steel arch ‘bowspring’ bridge of 2 spans, each of 150 feet with paired central iron drum supplrts. Reinforced concrete abutments, side-bridges to either side, and sea-wall to E. Concrete side bridges of triple flat arched span, with shallow stepped parapets continuing as sea-wall retaining the roadway on NE side. Main spans comprise parallel welded steel arched trusses, with road-bed carried on girders. Vertical posts brace the trusses, which are also braced laterally and longitudinally at the centre of the span. Cantilevered footways to either side, with cast-iron hand rails.

Reasons for Listing

A striking example of civil engineering which forms a notable landmark at the mouth of the River Clwyd.

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