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Footbridge over the Roath Brook near the Lake Dam

A Grade II Listed Building in Cyncoed, Cardiff

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Coordinates

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

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

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.

County: Cardiff

Town: Cardiff

Community: Cyncoed

Community: Cyncoed

Locality: Roath Park

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

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.

Exterior

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.

Reasons for Listing

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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