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Pont-y-rhyd-ddu (partly in Garw Valley community)

A Grade II Listed Building in Garw Valley (Cwm Garw), Bridgend

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Latitude: 51.5662 / 51°33'58"N

Longitude: -3.6032 / 3°36'11"W

OS Eastings: 288976

OS Northings: 186476

OS Grid: SS889864

Mapcode National: GBR HC.DGDZ

Mapcode Global: VH5H4.HWHQ

Plus Code: 9C3RH98W+FP

Entry Name: Pont-y-rhyd-ddu (partly in Garw Valley community)

Listing Date: 23 October 1998

Last Amended: 23 October 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20743

Building Class: Communications

Location: The bridge carries the road to Shwt, Bettws and Llangeinor across the Afon Llyvni, near the road junction with the A4063.

County: Bridgend

Town: Llangynwyd Lower

Community: Garw Valley (Cwm Garw)

Community: Llangynwyd Lower

Locality: Shwt

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Probably built in the mid C19.


Built of squared Pennant sandstone rubble. A segmental arch of narrow rubble voussoirs springing from vertical stone abutments, and spanning c. 8.4m between the margins of the river. The spandrels rise to an angled square string course at the base of the flush parapets, coped with roughly shaped semicircular rubble stones. Total height of the bridge coping from the water level is 6.3m. The abutment curves round on the W side.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a good and unaltered example of a mid C19 road bridge in an area of rich industrial and transport remains in the Llynfi Valley.

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  • II Ty Isaf
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  • II Nicholls Arms PH
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  • I Church of St David, Bettws
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  • II Tyle-coch
    Approximately 1.5 km NW of Bettws and 2 km SE of Llangynwyd, down a short farm track off an old country lane linking a number of early farmsteads.
  • II Cildeudy tunnel
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  • II Small Tramroad bridge over Nant Cedfyw, Shwt
    Situated at the confluence of the two streams in Cwm Cedfyw. Reached via a long track following the line of the old tramway, N of the farmstead of Shwt Uchaf and in the cwm E of Tyle-coch.
  • II Cefn-ydfa farmhouse and adjoining ruins.
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