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Waterloo Bridge, A5 Holyhead Road, Betws Y Coed

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NPRN23839
Map ReferenceSH75NE
Grid ReferenceSH7984955728
Unitary (Local) AuthorityConwy
Old CountyCaernarfonshire
CommunityBetws-y-coed
Type Of SiteROAD BRIDGE
PeriodPost Medieval
Description
Waterloo Bridge, Betws-y-Coed, is a road bridge with a single 32m span of cast iron ribs between masonry abutments, designed by Thomas Telford and carrying the Holyhead Road (A5) (nprn 402349) over the Afon Conwy. Although cast lettering in the segmental arch reads: 'THIS ARCH WAS CONSTRUCTED IN THE SAME YEAR THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO WAS FOUGHT' (i.e.1815), it is believed that the pieces were not delivered from William Hazledine's foundry until 1816. Decoration cast into the spandrels depicts the four national emblems: the rose (England), thistle (Scotland), leek (Wales) and shamrock (Ireland).

RCAHMW, 17 December 2007.

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application/pdfETW - European Travellers to Wales Project