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Llanellen Bridge (partly in Llanfoist Fawr community)

A Grade II Listed Building in Llanellen, Monmouthshire

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Latitude: 51.7934 / 51°47'36"N

Longitude: -3.008 / 3°0'28"W

OS Eastings: 330576

OS Northings: 211009

OS Grid: SO305110

Mapcode National: GBR F6.Y6HF

Mapcode Global: VH79D.T640

Entry Name: Llanellen Bridge (partly in Llanfoist Fawr community)

Listing Date: 15 March 1996

Last Amended: 9 December 2005

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 87164

Building Class: Transport

Location: Spanning the River Usk on a bend in the main road, to the east of Llanellen village; crossing the Community Council boundary and half in Llafoist Fawr Community.

County: Monmouthshire

Town: Abergavenny

Community: Llanover (Llanofer)

Community: Llanover

Locality: Llanellen

Built-Up Area: Llanellen

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

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Built in 1821 as a part of the Abergavenny-Pontypool turnpike. Designed and built by John Upton of Gloucester, engineer, who also designed Usk Bridge at Llanvihangel Gobion (qv) and restored and re-roofed St. Cadoc's Church at Llangattock-nigh-Usk (qv). He is best known for settling in Russia, building fortifications at Sebastopol, in the Crimea, and being taken prisoner by the allies at the end of the siege.


Three arch ramped road bridge built of red sandstone ashlar. The semicircular arches have keystones and low pointed cutwaters with pilaster strips over; the downstream side has long modern concrete cutwaters to protect the bridge against scour, and there are attached pipelines. Parapets have flat ashlar coping swept out onto cylindrical piers at the ends. The one on the downstream Llanover side has been damaged and roughly repaired (July 2005). Inscribed stone to centre on downstream side parapet reads 'Designed and Builded by John Upton of Gloucester, Engineer 1821 for the County of Monmouth'.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for its special interest as an elegantly designed three arch bridge dated 1821; a fine bridge of the turnpike age.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Llanellen Bridge
    Spanning the River Usk on a bend in the main road, to the east of the village; on the Community Council area boundary.
  • II Parish Church of St Helen
    Situated uphill from the village in a sloping churchyard with bier house to north-east corner.
  • II Orchard Farmhouse
    To south-east of Llanellen village on the north-east side of the by-road towards Glan Usk and Llanover.
  • II Oak Cottage
    To south of Llanellen village beside the main road and on the corner with Oak Lane.
  • II Heol Gerrig Bridge ( Canal Bridge no 92 )
    Spanning the canal uphill from Llanellen village; carrying the hill lane from the north-west side of the village up towards Coed-y-Prior Common and Ffrwd Wood.
  • II Glan Usk Farmhouse
    Reached down a long farm lane and situated high above the River Usk to the south-east of Llanellen village. Set end on to the slope in sub-medieval manner.
  • II Morgans Bridge ( Canal Bridge no 90 )
    Spanning the canal uphill and to south-west of Llanellen village, approximately 0.5km south of bridge No 92.
  • II Richards Farm Bridge ( Canal Bridge no 93 )
    The bridge spans the canal 0.25km south of bridge No 94 and reached by a lane from B 4269. Tow-path to the east side.

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