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Railway Bridge at Former Llechwedd Sidings

A Grade II Listed Building in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0033 / 53°0'11"N

Longitude: -3.9433 / 3°56'35"W

OS Eastings: 269692

OS Northings: 346874

OS Grid: SH696468

Mapcode National: GBR 5Y.GW09

Mapcode Global: WH559.DRGZ

Entry Name: Railway Bridge at Former Llechwedd Sidings

Listing Date: 1 February 1996

Last Amended: 1 February 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 16886

Building Class: Transport

Location: Near the S entrance of Blaenau railway tunnel, immediately W of the road on the downhill approach to the town from the Crimea Pass.

County: Gwynedd

Community: Ffestiniog

Community: Ffestiniog

Locality: Llechwedd Slate Mine

Built-Up Area: Blaenau Ffestiniog

Traditional County: Merionethshire

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Exterior

Description: Pair of cast-iron railway beam bridges, constructed 1879 when the Llechwedd slate mine established railway sidings to the E of the main railway track.. From here the slates were transported by rail to transhipment wharves at Deganwy. The bridges are heavily-rivetted and consist of 2 panels; the larger of the two spans the Afon Barlwydd at an angle and is approximately 6m long; that with the shallower beam spans a former tramway leading to a now disused incline. Originally carrying single tracks from the sidings to the main line, the rails have now been removed.

Listed as scarce examples of later C19 cast-iron beam bridges, and for group value with other listed items at the former Llechwedd sidings.

References: I. W. Jones, Llechwedd Slate Caverns, 1986, passim.
J.G. Isherwood, Slate From Blaenau Ffestiniog, 1988, 43.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* Hydro-Electric Powerstation
    Located immediately to the W of the main road on an island between it and the main railway line, on the downhill approach to Blaenau Ffestiniog from the Crimea Pass.
  • II Railway Bridge at Former Llechwedd Sidings
    Near the S entrance of Blaenau railway tunnel, immediately W of the road on the downhill approach to the town from the Crimea Pass.
  • II Weighbridge House
    By the side of the road on the former railway sidings, near the mouth of the Blaenau tunnel.
  • II Crane at Former Llechwedd Sidings
    Located by the side of the road on the former railway sidings, near the mouth of the Blaenau tunnel.
  • II Railway Tunnel Portal
    At the S entrance of Blaenau railway tunnel, immediately W of the road on the downhill approach to the town from the Crimea Pass.
  • II Quarryman's Cottages
    Prominently located on the main Gloddfa Ganol level, backing onto a slate spoil hill and facing NE; set back slightly behind a slate-slab fence and with a slate-flagged forecourt..
  • II Quarryman's Cottages
    Prominently located on the main Gloddfa Ganol level, backing onto a slate spoil hill and facing NE; set back slightly behind a slate-slab fence and with a slate-flagged forecourt..
  • II Quarryman's Cottages
    Prominently located on the main Gloddfa Ganol level, backing onto a slate spoil hill and facing NE; set back slightly behind a slate-slab fence and with a slate-flagged forecourt..

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