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Latitude: 52.0456 / 52°2'44"N
Longitude: -4.5253 / 4°31'31"W
OS Eastings: 226914
OS Northings: 241586
OS Grid: SN269415
Mapcode National: GBR D5.F84X
Mapcode Global: VH2MY.HVZ7
Entry Name: Cenarth Bridge
Source ID: 442
Cadw Legacy ID: CM017
Schedule Class: Transport
Period: Post Medieval/Modern
County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)
Traditional County: Cardiganshire
The monument consists of a very fine stone bridge carrying a road across the River Teifi, built 1785-7 by David Edwards, one of the bridge-builder sons of the Rev. William Edwards, pioneer of pierced-spandrel bridges at Pontypridd 1756. It is built of rubble masonry and comprises three broad elliptical arches carried on short stone piers. The two spandrels are pierced by large circular openings with dressed stone surrounds, designed to reduce structural weight and allow floodwater through. The 1m high rubble stone parapets have copings of large flat slate slabs.
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.
The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.
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