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Carew Bridge

A Scheduled Monument in Carew (Caeriw), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.6991 / 51°41'56"N

Longitude: -4.8267 / 4°49'36"W

OS Eastings: 204754

OS Northings: 203823

OS Grid: SN047038

Mapcode National: GBR GB.S0TF

Mapcode Global: VH2PJ.9K5B

Entry Name: Carew Bridge

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 710

Cadw Legacy ID: PE083

Schedule Class: Transport

Category: Bridge

Period: Medieval

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Carew (Caeriw)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument consists of the remains of a bridge, dating to the medieval or post-medieval period situated on an ancient river crossing, now carrying the main Carew to Cresswell trunk road across the ponded Carew River. The construction of a bridge similar to the present one will have begun in the late medieval or Tudor period when the river was obstructed with the construction of the nearby Tidal Mill and barrier associated with Carew Castle. The bridge has three segmental arches, the centre one higher, with cutwaters rising to refuges between, it is built in coursed limestone rubble, the cutwaters and voussoirs hammer-dressed and the parapet in random rubble with large flat copings. The triple-arches at the centre of the bridge probably date to the eighteenth century: there was a bond to keep the bridge in repair in 1730. The bridge middle section had a pronounced hump-backed rise over the arches until at least the nineteenth century when the causeways were raised at some point to give the bridge its present general form. Part of the north causeway was rebuilt in 1938.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval or post-medieval construction techniques and transportation systems. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques. It has group value with the associated Castle and the French Tidal Mill.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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