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Former canal overbridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Burry Port, Carmarthenshire

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Latitude: 51.6868 / 51°41'12"N

Longitude: -4.2756 / 4°16'32"W

OS Eastings: 242792

OS Northings: 201128

OS Grid: SN427011

Mapcode National: GBR GQ.DVMF

Mapcode Global: VH3M8.VV0R

Plus Code: 9C3QMPPF+PQ

Entry Name: Former canal overbridge

Listing Date: 24 May 1996

Last Amended: 25 November 2003

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16883

Building Class: Transport

Location: Located at the NW end of Ashburnham Road, 100m SW of the parish church.

County: Carmarthenshire

Community: Pembrey and Burry Port Town (Pembre a Phorth Tywyn)

Community: Pembrey and Burry Port Town

Locality: Pembrey

Built-Up Area: Pembrey

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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The Kidwelly & Llanelly Canal was begun in 1812 and extended from Llanelli to Kymer's Canal (1769) on the E side of Kidwelly. Later the canal was taken over by the Burry Port & Gwendraeth Valley Railway and in 1869 it built a railway mainly on the bed of the old canal. The BP&GVR was taken over by the Great Western Railway in 1922. The railway closed in 1985. The bridge carries a road through the village and is shown on the 1839 Tithe map.


Slightly skewed single-span, single-carriageway coursed-stone bridge, with freestone voussoirs to a 3-centred arch. A raised impost band is carried up over the arch. The parapet has plain copings and curves sharply outwards to square terminal piers. In the channel beneath the bridge is a raised course, or 'rubbing strake', defining the original level of water in the canal.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a well preserved early C19 canal bridge, one of the few remaining in this area.

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