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Dolwen Bridge

A Grade II Listed Building in Betws yn Rhos, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2555 / 53°15'19"N

Longitude: -3.6675 / 3°40'3"W

OS Eastings: 288852

OS Northings: 374463

OS Grid: SH888744

Mapcode National: GBR 2ZTS.SQ

Mapcode Global: WH65D.MFSM

Entry Name: Dolwen Bridge

Listing Date: 2 July 1998

Last Amended: 2 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20088

Building Class: Transport

Location: Spanning the river Dulas and carrying the B 5381 approximately 0.2km E of Dolwen.

County: Conwy

Community: Betws yn Rhos

Community: Betws Yn Rhos

Locality: Dolwen

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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A contract for the rebuilding of Dolwen Bridge dated 12th February 1788 states that the work must be completed by September of the same year.


Single-span rubble road bridge. Segmental arch with recessed, rough-dressed voussoirs; low, sandstone-coped parapets, rising slightly to the centre with the gentle hump of the carriageway. The parapets are splayed at the approaches and terminate on the upstream side in simple square piers; some sections of capping have been renewed in cement. The western downstream parapet follows the course of the river for a short distance as a sloped revettment wall beyond a flat buttress which marks the termination of the bridge proper; the wall then joins a rubble boundary wall.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its special interest as a late C18 road bridge retaining good character in a prominent location.

Group value with Dolwen Lodge and adjoining gates and gatepiers.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Dolwen Lodge
    Located at the entrance to the Coed Coch drive, immediately S of Dolwen Bridge; set back slightly from the road behind a rubble estate wall.
  • II Gates and Gatepiers at Dolwen Lodge
    Located immediately adjacent to Dolwen Lodge at the head of the metalled drive to Coed Coch; set back slightly from the road with curved rubble estate walls adjoining to L and R.
  • II No 1 Llygard-y-Dydd
    Located prominently at the junction of the B 5381 with an unclassified road running SW from Dolwen to Trofarth; set back behind hedged front gardens.
  • II No 2 Llygard-y-Dydd
    Located prominently at the junction of the B 5381 with an unclassified road running SW from Dolwen to Trofarth; set back behind hedged front gardens.
  • II Hendre Farmhouse
    Situated 2km W of Betws yn Rhos and approximately 0.5km S of Dolwen close to Coed Coch. Sited end on to the slope which is cut away along W and S sides.
  • II Agricultural Range at Coed Coch
    Located immediately N of the stable and coach-house complex at Coed Coch.
  • II* Coed Coch
    Located in its own parkland setting approximately 0.7km SW of Dolwen; accessed via a long metalled drive running SW from the road.
  • II Former Coachhouse and Stable Complex, including associated Service Court Walls, at Coed Coch
    Immediately to the rear (NW) of Coed Coch.

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