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Latitude: 51.5059 / 51°30'21"N
Longitude: -3.1753 / 3°10'30"W
OS Eastings: 318526
OS Northings: 179203
OS Grid: ST185792
Mapcode National: GBR KJB.Z4
Mapcode Global: VH6F6.XD6Y
Entry Name: Footbridge over the Roath Brook near the Lake Dam
Listing Date: 27 July 1994
Last Amended: 30 November 2001
Source ID: 14765
Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces
Location: Spanning the Roath Brook S of the Lake. Carries one of the transverse footpaths between Lake Road West and Lake Road East.
Locality: Roath Park
Built-Up Area: Cardiff
Traditional County: Glamorgan
Roath Park, one of the largest Victorian parks in S Wales, was made along the valley floor of the Roath Brook on land donated by the Marquess of Bute in 1887. It was opened in 1894 and laid out by William Harpur, borough engineer, and planted by the head gardener, William Wallace Pettigrew. An elongated lake occupies a large proportion of the park. It is dammed at the S end, beyond which are an arboretum and botanic gardens including a glasshouse. To the S of Eastern Avenue (in Plasnewydd community) are pleasure gardens and a recreation ground.
This reinforced concrete footbridge is one of 3 bridges located in the botanic garden. It is late C19-early C20 and could be contemporary with the creation of the park, c1894.
Broad reinforced concrete footbridge with almost flat deck over a single cambered arch. Moulded string course to concrete balustrades with bulbous balusters and blind panelled piers to ends and centre; lamp standards removed. The balustrading continues to either side beyond the abutments with further end piers.
Listed as an early example of a reinforced concrete footbridge, which contributes to the historic character of Roath Park.
Group value with 2 further footbridges and other historic features in the park.
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