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Tramway Bridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Stepaside, Pembrokeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7363 / 51°44'10"N

Longitude: -4.6976 / 4°41'51"W

OS Eastings: 213828

OS Northings: 207621

OS Grid: SN138076

Mapcode National: GBR GF.3QWB

Mapcode Global: VH2PD.JMF9

Entry Name: Tramway Bridge

Listing Date: 1 September 1997

Last Amended: 1 September 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18861

Building Class: Transport

Location: Over Ford's Lake in the village of Stepaside, to the SE of Brook Cottages. Ford's Lake is the Community boundary between Amroth and Kilgetty/Begelly.

County: Pembrokeshire

Town: Tenby

Community: Amroth

Community: Amroth

Locality: Stepaside

Built-Up Area: Stepaside

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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History

The bridge carried a private branch of the tramway known as the Saundersfoot Railway to the high level of Kilgetty Ironworks of the Pembrokeshire Coal and Iron Company (which commenced production in 1849) and on to Grove Colliery of the same Company. As it is likely to have been one of the first things constructed, its date is probably c.1846. It probably remained in tramway use until the closure of the colliery in c.1900.

The bridge therefore served a section of the tramway the main purpose of which was to bring coal, ore and limestone to the furnacehead level of the ironworks. It now carries a footpath, and may have been widened.

Exterior

Single-arch skew bridge of local sandstone, with an arch span of about 4 m. and a width of about 6 m. Low parapet on the SW side, restored, with modern railings.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a good stone bridge of special interest for its association with the listed tunnels and bridge of the Saundersfoot Railway in Saundersfoot Community and the listed ironworks and colliery buildings in Kilgetty/Begelly Community.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Tramway Bridge
    Over Ford's Lake in the village of Stepside, to the SE of Brook Cottages. Ford's Lake is the Community boundary between Amroth and Kilgetty/Begelly.
  • II Kilgetty Colliery Weighbridge Office
    On the N side of Kilgetty Lane in the hamlet of Stepaside, at the entrance to Stepaside Coachworks.
  • II Kilgetty Colliery Engine House
    In the yard of Stepaside Coachworks off Kilgetty Lane in Stepaside 15 m NE of the weighbridge office. It served the Engine Pit, which was about 12 m from the front wall of the engine house.
  • II Kilgetty Colliery Chimney Base
    In the yard of Stepaside Coachworks off Kilgetty Lane, behind the Weighbridge Office and to the N of the winding engine house of Engine Pit.
  • II Workshops
    Part of Kilgetty Ironworks on the W side of Pleasant Valley. The workshops are at the N of the site, beside the footpath to Stepaside.
  • II Double Engine House
    In Kilgetty Ironworks, on the W side of Pleasant Valley. The Engine House stands a short distance to the N of the Casting Shed.
  • II Walls and Kilns above Furnace Bank
    On high ground to the rear of Kilgetty Ironworks, on the W side of Pleasant Valley.
  • II Furnace Bank Revetment Wall
    Kilgetty Ironworks is at the W side of Pleasant Valley. The furnace bank is a high retaining structure about 20 m W of the Ironworks casting shed.

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