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Cenarth Bridge

A Scheduled Monument in Cenarth, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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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

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 442

Cadw Legacy ID: CM017

Schedule Class: Transport

Category: Bridge

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Cenarth

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.

Source: Cadw

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