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Pont Scethin

A Scheduled Monument in Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7922 / 52°47'31"N

Longitude: -4.0265 / 4°1'35"W

OS Eastings: 263451

OS Northings: 323552

OS Grid: SH634235

Mapcode National: GBR 5V.X0DX

Mapcode Global: WH56F.32XR

Entry Name: Pont Scethin

Scheduled Date: 19 June 1989

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3238

Cadw Legacy ID: ME126

Schedule Class: Transport

Category: Bridge

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Gwynedd

Community: Dyffryn Ardudwy

Traditional County: Merionethshire


A stone bridge over the Afon Ysgethin, now seeming to be in the middle of nowhere but on what was once an important drovers' route.

The single arch is relatively high, flooding of the river was presumably the main reason for building the bridge - it would be possible to cross the river when in normal flow almost without getting one's feet wet), and there are low parapets (c. 0.5 m) built of stone which could equally well be described as thick slabs or elongated blocks. These are large and would have been quite difficult to manoeuvre and transport. The footway between them is just under 2 m wide at the narrowest point, and has been roughly concreted in the past.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of post-medieval transport techniques. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits.

Source: Cadw

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