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Iron footbridge over Afon Mynach

A Grade II Listed Building in Pontarfynach, Ceredigion

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.3786 / 52°22'42"N

Longitude: -3.8502 / 3°51'0"W

OS Eastings: 274155

OS Northings: 277225

OS Grid: SN741772

Mapcode National: GBR 92.R8P7

Mapcode Global: VH4FP.6GXY

Entry Name: Iron footbridge over Afon Mynach

Listing Date: 16 March 2005

Last Amended: 16 March 2005

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 84258

Building Class: Gardens, Parks and Urban Spaces

Location: Crossing the Afon Mynach on the bottom of the gorge some 200m N of the A4120 road bridge.

County: Ceredigion

Town: Aberystwyth

Community: Pontarfynach

Community: Pontarfynach

Traditional County: Cardiganshire

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History

Arched metal bridge over the Afon Mynach, built 1867 by T. Stooke engineer, made by the 'Aberystwith Foundry', according to attached plaque. It is not certain which foundry is meant, and Stooke is otherwise unknown. The bridge is probably linked to the improvements to the hotel and the amenities carried out by the Hafod Hotel Company, formed in 1861 by Mr. Balcombe, promoter also of the Queens Hotel Aberystwyth and other projects, but Balcombe was bankrupt in about 1866.

Exterior

Pedestrian bridge over the Mynach. High arched bridge made of riveted iron. Construction apparently of thin bows, two in parallel below carrying the (renewed) steps and decking and two forming the handrails, linked and braced by thin uprights with diagonally-crossed bars between, every second upright secured by a raking support projecting out from under the decking. A thin metal rod at mid-height links the crossings of the diagonals. Solid sheet metal panels at each end one with makers plaque 'Aberystwith Foundry 1867 Thos Stooke Engineer'.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a C19 bowed footbridge of remarkable riveted iron construction, part of the development of the site for tourism in the 1860s.

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