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Bigsweir Bridge

A Grade II* Listed Building in Trellech United (Tryleg Unedig), Monmouthshire

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Latitude: 51.7428 / 51°44'34"N

Longitude: -2.6697 / 2°40'10"W

OS Eastings: 353859

OS Northings: 205110

OS Grid: SO538051

Mapcode National: GBR JM.1H5K

Mapcode Global: VH877.PG0B

Entry Name: Bigsweir Bridge

Listing Date: 28 February 2001

Last Amended: 28 February 2001

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 24916

Building Class: Transport

Location: On the eastern boundary of Trellech Community at the county boundary of Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire carrying the A466 over the River Wye.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Monmouth

Community: Trellech United (Tryleg Unedig)

Community: Trellech United

Locality: Bigsweir

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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This bridge was constructed as a part of the Wye Valley turnpike which was opened in 1829. It was designed by Charles Hollis of London. The road was built jointly by the Chepstow and Monmouth Turnpike Trustees and was designed to improve access to the Wye valley and its industries which were previously easily reachable only by boat. The land spans are said to have been added in the mid C19, but it has not been altered since.


The bridge abutments and land spans are constructed of red sandstone ashlar, while the river span is of cast and wrought iron. The abutments are part of a causeway which rises to give headroom over the river. There are two semi-circular flood arches on either bank. The wall is coped and then carries plain cast iron railings running between circular stone piers. The actual abutment is slightly wider than the causeway and carries a cornice and parapet. The tollhouse abuts the north west side of the causeway, but this has been altered. Single elliptical river span of 164' (50m) carried on four cast iron ribs. These arch ribs are in sixteen segments and were cast in Merthyr Tydfil. Continuous cast iron parapet which carries the railings. The gaps between the ribs and the parapets are open and are criss-crossed with diagonal wrought iron tension bars. The bridge is unaltered apart from having been made into a single carriageway to prevent over heavy use. The eastern half of the bridge is in St Briavels CP, Gloucestershire.

Reasons for Listing

Included and highly graded as a fine example of a single span turnpike bridge designed by Charles Hollis, but very much in the manner of Thomas Telford.
Scheduled Ancient Monument MM165(MON).

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  • II* Bigsweir Bridge
    St. Briavels, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, NP25
  • II Gumbersland Barn
    St. Briavels, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL15
  • II Bigsweir House
    St. Briavels, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL15
  • II Pilstone Farmhouse
    Prominently sited across the slope on west side of the Wye Valley; Pilstone Farm is reached from the by-road that runs north from the main A466 where it crosses the river at Bigsweir Bridge. Approxima
  • II Birchfield House
    St. Briavels, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL15
  • II Child Development Centre
    St. Briavels, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL15
  • II Waterworks at Mork Cottage
    St. Briavels, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL15
  • II The Bell
    On the south side of the road towards the eastern end of Whitebrook valley and about 100m east of the Church of the Holy Trinity.

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