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Neath River swing bridge (partly in Neath and Briton Ferry Communities)

A Grade II Listed Building in Coedffranc (Coed-ffranc), Neath Port Talbot

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Latitude: 51.6517 / 51°39'6"N

Longitude: -3.8371 / 3°50'13"W

OS Eastings: 273003

OS Northings: 196370

OS Grid: SS730963

Mapcode National: GBR H1.73K9

Mapcode Global: VH4K5.FRV4

Entry Name: Neath River swing bridge (partly in Neath and Briton Ferry Communities)

Listing Date: 5 January 1989

Last Amended: 29 March 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 23068

Building Class: Transport

Location: Spanning the River Neath approximately 1km S of Skewen village.

County: Neath Port Talbot

Community: Coedffranc (Coed-ffranc)

Community: Coedffranc

Locality: River Neath

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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The Rhondda and Swansea Bay Railway was incorporated in 1882 but was not completed until 1900, the original plans having been extensively modified. The line between Neath and Swansea, crossing the River Neath, was authorised in 1892. The bridge was built 1892-4 with a swing portion of 52 metres and a gross weight of 1422 tonnes. The chief engineer was S.W. Yockney, the resident engineer was F.E. Goldwyre and the contractor was George Palmer. Steelwork was supplied by Finch & Co of Chepstow. It was originally hydraulically operated, the machinery supplied by William Armstrong of Newcastle, but is now fixed.


The slightly curved plate-girder deck has 5 fixed spans on round steel cylinders sunk into the river bed. The central movable span comprises a parabolic lattice girder truss with Pratt truss diagonal members. The structure rests on a cast iron roller race containing the operating mechanism which is carried on smaller steel cylinders.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for industrial archaeological interest as the only oblique swing bridge in Britain.

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