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Footbridge over Roath Brook in Roath Park Pleasure Gardens

A Grade II Listed Building in Plasnewydd, Cardiff

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Latitude: 51.5007 / 51°30'2"N

Longitude: -3.1728 / 3°10'22"W

OS Eastings: 318690

OS Northings: 178630

OS Grid: ST186786

Mapcode National: GBR KKC.JZ

Mapcode Global: VH6F6.YJJW

Plus Code: 9C3RGR2G+7V

Entry Name: Footbridge over Roath Brook in Roath Park Pleasure Gardens

Listing Date: 27 July 1994

Last Amended: 24 May 2002

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14764

Building Class: Transport

Location: Spanning Roath brook and reached from the path NW off Alder Road.

County: Cardiff

Town: Cardiff

Community: Plasnewydd

Community: Plasnewydd

Locality: Roath Park

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Roath Park was the first publicly owned park in Cardiff and was designed to provide a wide range of recreational facilities for the inhabitants of east Cardiff. The land was dontaed by the 3rd Marquess of Bute, Lord Tredegar and other land owners. The park was laid out by William Harpur, the borough engineer, between 1887 and 1894. The S end of the park, between Ninian Road and Ty Draw Road, was conceived as Pleasure Gardens, with recreation ground further E. The footbridge over Roath brook was built in 1894, an especially early example of reinforced concrete construction, and probably uses one of the reinforced concrete systems as an alternative to the well known Hennibique system.


Single-span footbridge built and decorated in reinforced concrete. A shallow segmental arch has rope-moulded ornanmentation and short spandrel columns. The parapet has rounded balusters and intermediate piers with Celtic interlace in low relief, and roll-moulded hand rail. Pergolas at the ends each have 2 pairs of uprights with vine trails in low relief. The deck is re-laid in coarse concrete and is ramped to a flat centre.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a rare-surviving early concrete bridge, retaining intricate Celtic detail not normally associated with concrete construction, for its contribution to the character of Roath Park Pleasure Gardens, and for group value with other Roath Park bridges in Plasnewydd and Cyncoed communities.

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