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Ford Bridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Kilgetty/Begelly (Cilgeti/Begeli), Pembrokeshire

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Latitude: 51.7347 / 51°44'4"N

Longitude: -4.7769 / 4°46'36"W

OS Eastings: 208345

OS Northings: 207650

OS Grid: SN083076

Mapcode National: GBR GC.NV86

Mapcode Global: VH2PC.4NZJ

Plus Code: 9C3QP6MF+V6

Entry Name: Ford Bridge

Listing Date: 18 March 1997

Last Amended: 18 March 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18279

Building Class: Transport

Location: At the N end of Ford Lane, 1 km N of Jeffreyston Village and 1 km SW of Reynalton Village. The bridge lies on the boundary of Kilgetty Begelly and Jeffreyston Communities.

County: Pembrokeshire

Town: Kilgetty

Community: Kilgetty/Begelly (Cilgeti/Begeli)

Community: Kilgetty/Begelly

Locality: Ford Lane

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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A County bridge, built by John Evans of Cosheston, mason, in 1805. There were two previous small bridges on the same site, but although their materials were made available to the mason the bridge of 1805 was a completely new construction. The contract included the formation of a junction for a road branching to Langdon Mill. The cost, including 7 years' maintenance, was £190.


The bridge crosses two small tributaries of the Cresswell Estuary, which flows W. It is about 100 m in length. At a position between the streams it incorporates a junction with the road to Langdon. Built of local uncoursed rubble masonry; plain dressed stone in the arches, without keystones or other features. All is clearly of one build.

There are long approaches from N and S and a shorter approach from the E. The parapets splay widely in the approaches, especially at the N where the road divides for Loveston or Reynoldston. At the N of the Langdon junction there are two arches of 3 m span and S of the junction there is one similar arch. Between the two arches of the N stream there is a small cutwater on the upstream side only.

The carriageway is 3.6 m wide between the parapets. The parapets are low, with a roughly pointed coping of upright stones shedding water outwards. Bond-stones at intervals link the parapets to the mass of the masonry.

Tie-rods have been added across the bridge near to the double arch to restrain spreading but otherwise the bridge appears unaltered.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a good County bridge of 1805 by a local mason, of vernacular character, which retains its original character virtually intact.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Ford Bridge
    At the N end of Ford Lane, 1 km N of Jeffreyston Village and 1 km SW of Reynalton Village. The bridge lies on the boundary of Kilgetty/Begelly and Jeffreyston Communities.
  • II* Church of St Leonard
  • II Langdon Bridge
    2 km W of Begelly village and 1 km S of Reynalton village, on the unclassified road from Hackett to Langdon.
  • II* Church of St. Jeffrey and St. Oswald
    In the centre of the village of Jeffreyston. The churchyard is circular with late C19 extensions N and E. There is a preaching cross (separately listed) to the S side and a small free-standing mortuar
  • II Preaching Cross in Jeffreyston Churchyard
    Close to the S door of Jeffreyston Parish Church.
  • II Reynalton Church
    At the NW of Reynalton village, in a small churchyard N of the village street.
  • II Milepost on A4075
    On the east side of the A4075, immediatley S of the cross roads at Yebeston Gate.
  • II Gate and gate-piers beside E Lodge
    Closing the former E driveway to Cresselly House. Facing Lanesend junction, on the by-road to Jeffreyston from the A4075 at Cresselly.

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