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Seafront Wall

A Grade II Listed Building in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3904 / 51°23'25"N

Longitude: -3.2736 / 3°16'25"W

OS Eastings: 311477

OS Northings: 166476

OS Grid: ST114664

Mapcode National: GBR HT.RM95

Mapcode Global: VH6FR.69QZ

Entry Name: Seafront Wall

Listing Date: 2 July 2010

Last Amended: 2 July 2010

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 87612

Location: On the seafront of Whitmore Bay enclosing the northern edge of beach

County: Vale of Glamorgan

Community: Barry (Y Barri)

Community: Barry

Locality: Barry Island

Built-Up Area: Barry

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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History

Constructed c.1923 as part of the development of Barry Island as a seaside resort. The island had from the beginning of the C19 been used as a seaside resort and from 1897 Lord Windsor of Friars Point House had begun to develop the foreshore of Whitmore Bay with the construction of a Promenade and Pleasure Grounds with the intention of promoting Barry Island as a popular seaside resort. In 1909 he gifted the land between the high watermark of Whitmore Bay and Friars Road to the Barry Urban District Council who then drew up plans for further development of the island primarily as a democratic seaside resort aimed at the working classes of the industrial areas of south Wales. The First World War delayed this from happening but by the early 1920's the Council were able to bring about their improvements and the island quickly became a popular resort with crowds of around 100,000 people visiting on Bank holidays and summer weekends

Exterior

Sea wall. Extends for almost the whole width of Whitmore Bay with 6 sets of paired step exits giving access to the beach and two further projecting bays. Low wall in rock faced stone with terminating piers and curved copings. Incorporates two shelters at either end which rise from the face of the wall.

Reasons for Listing

Included for its historic interest as an integral component of the complex of structures constructed during the inter-war period at Barry Island as part of the development of the Island as a seaside resort. Important also for its architectural value as a good example of a well designed and well preserved seafront wall of definite quality and for its group value with the other structures of the inter-war and earlier developments.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Pedestrian Bridge
    At the eastern end of Whitmore Bay spanning the pedestrian access tot he seafront promenade.
  • II Public Convenience
    At the eastern end of Whitmore Bay above the seafront promenade facing onto Friars Road
  • II East Shelter
    On the seafront promenade at the eastern end of Whitemore Bay
  • II West Shelter and Amusement Arcade
    On the seafront promenade at the western end of Whitmore Bay
  • II Gates and Gatepiers at drive entrance to Friars Point House
    Closing the eastern end of the tree lined drive, immediately in front of the lodge. Friars Point house is set in its own grounds at the W end of Barry Island.
  • II Lodge to Friars Point House
    On the R of the gated entrance to the tree-lined drive of Friars Point House which lies in its own grounds at the W end of Barry Island.
  • II Friars Point House
    At the W end of Barry Island facing Friars Point with broad sea views. Set in its own grounds and reached along a tree-lined and gated drive.
  • II Lifeboat House
    Near W (landward) end of W breakwater.

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