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Pont y Pair

A Scheduled Monument in Betws-y-Coed, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.0938 / 53°5'37"N

Longitude: -3.8061 / 3°48'21"W

OS Eastings: 279156

OS Northings: 356705

OS Grid: SH791567

Mapcode National: GBR 63.95Y4

Mapcode Global: WH663.HHTK

Entry Name: Pont y Pair

Scheduled Date: 4 March 1927

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3396

Cadw Legacy ID: CN032

Schedule Class: Transport

Category: Bridge

Period: Medieval

County: Conwy

Community: Betws-y-Coed

Built-Up Area: Betws-Y-Coed

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


Pont y Pair carries the old road to Llanrwst and Conway across the Afon Llugwy. It is of five arches, the middle one of which spans the deep stream. They are all built of roughly square slabs laid in mortar, and in each case the extrados is outlined by a regulating course of thin slabs projecting slightly, from which the wall of uncoursed rubble rises vertically so that the arches themselves are a little recessed. The bridge has been widened on the upstream side, but there is no sign of the date of construction or widening. The parapets, of smaller rubble coped with wide slabs, may be additional. Five segmental stone arches - total span 45.7m. Width between parapets 4.8m. Has been widened upstream by c. 2.7m

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval bridge structures. 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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