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Bridge Towers at South Stack Lighthouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Trearddur, Isle of Anglesey

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.3069 / 53°18'24"N

Longitude: -4.6968 / 4°41'48"W

OS Eastings: 220416

OS Northings: 382279

OS Grid: SH204822

Mapcode National: GBR GMSY.TLH

Mapcode Global: WH319.T4MN

Entry Name: Bridge Towers at South Stack Lighthouse

Listing Date: 29 March 1996

Last Amended: 30 June 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18035

Building Class: Maritime

Location: Either side of the bridge which links the island with the mainland.

County: Isle of Anglesey

Community: Trearddur

Community: Trearddur

Locality: South Stack Island

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History

The lighthouse on South Stack Island was constructed in 1809, and during construction, a cable-way provided the link with the mainland. A rope bridge was also erected, but in 1828 both were superceded by a suspension bridge. This was again replaced in 1964, but the towers at either end of the suspension bridge remain, and are dated 1828.

Exterior

A pair of free-standing towers, one at each end of the bridge. Ashlar, battered, and stepped in profile at the level of the bridge deck. heavy moulded cornice. Each is pierced by a round-headed archway which provides access to the bridge deck, and they are linked to the land by a shallow segmental archway with square piers terminating the parapet which has cast iron railings. The chains of the original suspension bridge remain in situ linking the towers to the rock at either side.

Reasons for Listing

Although the original bridge does not survive, the two towers remain as significant components of it, with considerable architctural qualities in their own right.

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