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Irishman's Bridge on the Llangollen Canal

A Grade II Listed Building in Chirk, Wrexham

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Latitude: 52.9595 / 52°57'34"N

Longitude: -3.0643 / 3°3'51"W

OS Eastings: 328602

OS Northings: 340766

OS Grid: SJ286407

Mapcode National: GBR 73.KL4F

Mapcode Global: WH785.WWZ1

Entry Name: Irishman's Bridge on the Llangollen Canal

Listing Date: 29 July 1998

Last Amended: 29 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20214

Building Class: Transport

Location: The bridge carries the Chirk to Newbridge road over the Llangollen Canal.

County: Wrexham

Town: Wrexham

Community: Chirk (Y Waun)

Community: Chirk

Locality: Pentre

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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The 6 mile long Llangollen canal had been proposed as feeder to the main Ellesmere Canal that was to link the Rivers Mersey and Dee with the River Severn. The Act was passed in 1793 and this section was constructed under the direction of Thomas Telford: work on the extension to headwaters at Llantysilio, W of Llangollen, was begun in 1804 and completed in 1808. The canal also provided transport to the slate quarries and limestone works. In 1846 it became part of the Shropshire Union Railways and Canal Company but the following year was taken over by the LNWR. Transport on the canal diminished in the later C19 with the arrival of the railways and ceased by 2nd World War. The canal was only kept open because of its importance as a supplier of water.


Coursed sandstone rubble. A single tall 3-centred arch composed of a single ring of cut voussoirs, set flush with the battered spandrel walls. Square plat band and rubble parapet. A later C20 moulded concrete beam carries a widening of the parapet on the SW side of the S portal. The bridge spans the canal and the towpath on its E side.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a well formed bridge, characteristic of the series of such bridges on the Llangollen canal where it passed through low cuttings.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Pen-y-clawdd Farmhouse
    The farmhouse as at the S end of the village of Pentre, close to the railway cutting and bridge, overlooking the B5605 at the rear.
  • II Whitehouse Bridge
    Carries lane over Llangollen Canal between Pentre and Bryn-yr-Eos: half way between N portal of Whitehouse Tunnel and B5605
  • II Smithy at Whitehurst Gate and House attached
    The building stands on the NW angle of the road junction with the B5605 Newbridge Road
  • II* Cefn (Newbridge) Viaduct (partly in Cefn Community)
    The viaduct carries the railway across the wide valley of the River Dee between Newbridge and Cefn-bychan,
  • II* Railway Viaduct over River Dee
    Carries the railway over the River Dee between Newbridge and Cefn-Bychan
  • II Plas-Offa
    The farmhouse stands on the SE side of Offa's Dyke where it crosses the main Holyhead Road. The farm buildings range to the W.
  • II Whitehurst House
    Whitehurst Gardens are on the NE side of the Holyhead Road, approximately 200m from the roundabout connection with the Chirk Road. The house stands within the NW corner of Whitehurst Gardens, with its
  • II Cefn Bychan Baptist Chapel
    On the corner of Newbridge Road and Cae Gwilym Road, immediately below the railway embankment in a small grassed yard.

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