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Pont Rhyd y Fferau

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys

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Latitude: 52.1072 / 52°6'25"N

Longitude: -3.6388 / 3°38'19"W

OS Eastings: 287859

OS Northings: 246695

OS Grid: SN878466

Mapcode National: GBR YC.9D14

Mapcode Global: VH5DL.W95G

Entry Name: Pont Rhyd y Fferau

Listing Date: 19 January 2001

Last Amended: 19 January 2001

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 24523

Building Class: Transport

Location: The bridge carries the A483 over the River Irfon in the centre of Llanwrtyd Wells.

County: Powys

Town: Builth Wells

Community: Llanwrtyd Wells (Llanwrtyd)

Community: Llanwrtyd Wells

Built-Up Area: Llanwrtyd Wells

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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Road bridge built in 1853 to replace a wooden bridge which had become unsafe. The bridge gave its name (Pont Rhyd y Fferau) to the original settlement here, before the development of Llanwrtyd Wells as a spa town.


Three-arch bridge with flat deck constructed of snecked rock-faced stone. Wide segmental arches of stone voussoirs with raised keystones. Triangular cut-waters with domed caps, which rise as narrow pilasters against parapets. String course to parapets and flat stone copings with slight chamfer. Shallow end piers at same height as parapets. Contemporary wall at right angles to SE.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as a well-preserved and unaltered bridge of this period, which forms the central focus of Llanwrtyd Wells, and for its historic interest.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Capel Bethel including attached vestries to rear and forecourt wall and railings
    In a prominent location near the centre of the town adjacent to the bridge over the River Irfon. The entrance faces the road (E) and the S side faces Victoria Square. To the W is an adjoining house,
  • II Llanwrtyd War Memorial Institute
    Located near the centre of the town and fronting the road. One of a pair of houses, that to the W modernised.
  • II Neuadd Arms Hotel
    Prominently located in the centre of Llanwrtyd Wells and fronting a small square opposite Pont Rhyd y Ferrau.
  • II Railway Bridge over River Irfon
    Located at the SE corner of the Dolwen Fields and surrounded by trees. To the W of Llanwrtyd Wells Station.
  • II Llanwrtyd Wells Station & North Platform
    Small station building with large forecourt set below road and sited on the N railway platform. Approx 0.6km SE of the town centre.
  • II Dol y Coed
    Situated 0.5km NW of Llanwrtyd Wells between the River Irfon and the mountain road to Abergwesyn. Faces S; path to W leads to former spa buildings.
  • II Former Dol y Coed Pump Room
    Set in the grounds W of the Dol y Coed Hotel and approached by footpaths. Immediately S of the Well-House.
  • II Dol y Coed Well-House
    Set in the grounds W of the Dol y Coed Hotel and approached by footpaths. Immediately N of the former Pump House.

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