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Bridge at Fronfraith Mill

A Grade II Listed Building in Llandyssil, Powys

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Latitude: 52.53 / 52°31'47"N

Longitude: -3.2331 / 3°13'59"W

OS Eastings: 316445

OS Northings: 293172

OS Grid: SO164931

Mapcode National: GBR 9W.FQPJ

Mapcode Global: VH684.XN4W

Plus Code: 9C4RGQH8+XQ

Entry Name: Bridge at Fronfraith Mill

Listing Date: 14 July 1997

Last Amended: 14 July 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18517

Building Class: Transport

Location: The bridge spans the River Mule and the Kerry branch of the Newtown and Machynlleth Railway. The roadway linked Fronfraith Mill to its W with the B4368 to its E, which runs parallel with the railway

County: Powys

Community: Llandyssil (Llandysul)

Community: Llandyssil

Locality: Cwm-mule

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

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The 5.8km Kerry branch railway ran from Abermule to Kerry and opened in 1863. The passenger service ceased in 1931 but freight was carried until 1956. The line was dismantled in 1959. It is likely that the bridge is contemporary with the railway, dating from c1863.


The bridge incorporates two tall, round headed arches at different heights, the lower one spanning the River Mule and the higher one, the Kerry branch railway. Constructed of roughly coursed grey masonry, snecked in places. The arches have voussoirs and keystones, and there are pilasters to the sides and between the arches. There is a string course to the parapet which has a weathered rubble coping. The roadway, when approaching from the E, rises slightly towards the centre and then falls sharply over the lower span. Return walls continue to each side. To the E, the return wall curves round towards the N and continues for approximately 30m gradually lessening in height.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a well preserved and detailed bridge with distinctive character deriving from the stepping of the arches.

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