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Conwy's three bridges

 

The one on the left is obviously the most recent - a road bridge built to take traffic around the side of the castle, this was built to replace the central road bridge, built by Thomas Telford, one of the first wrought iron suspension bridges ever built.  There was no room on the castle side for the suspension piers, so a bit of the castle was knocked down and the fake "gateways" were built to support the bridge.  Then along came railway pioneer Robert Stephenson, to build the bridge on the right, which is tubular construction, built to take the weight of the trains. Both the Telford and the Stephenson bridges are now "listed buildings".

 

Conwy's three bridges

 

The one on the left is obviously the most recent - a road bridge built to take traffic around the side of the castle, this was built to replace the central road bridge, built by Thomas Telford, one of the first wrought iron suspension bridges ever built.  There was no room on the castle side for the suspension piers, so a bit of the castle was knocked down and the fake "gateways" were built to support the bridge.  Then along came railway pioneer Robert Stephenson, to build the bridge on the right, which is tubular construction, built to take the weight of the trains. Both the Telford and the Stephenson bridges are now "listed buildings".

 

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Aug 2019, 01:08
Wow! I have not seen anything quite like this, Tom.
Tom Wilson: I think it is unique, Ray.
Last time I was there there was just the one bridge Tom, shows how long ago it was.
Tom Wilson: Well, unless you are over 100 years old, there must have been two, Frank, since the Telford and Stephenson bridges are 19th century - the new road bridge was built in 1958, so I guess that might not have been there if you were very young at the time of your visit smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Aug 2019, 06:34
I have never seen the place from this very interesting angle before Tom
Tom Wilson: The only spot to get the three bridges smile
I really like your perspective of these 3 bridges, Tom, and the explanation. WOW.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ginnie
Jolie vue aérienne sur ces trois ponts.
Tom Wilson: Merci beaucoup, Martine
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Aug 2019, 08:02
This is quite unique I think, Tom. What a wonderful point of view this is.
Tom Wilson: Yes, absolutely unique, I think
They make for an interesting trio Tom. I wonder why the railway bridge is boxed in like this ?
Tom Wilson: Apparently it needed to be a tubular bridge to carry the weight of the trains across the span, see https://thebeautyoftransport.com/2014/06/18/castles-chains-and-tubes-bridges-at-conwy-wales-uk/
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 9 Aug 2019, 08:41
Well I never knew, and this is a superb view of the three bridges Tom.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Chad
With the three of them next to each other it makes for a good photo and comparison of styles of design.
Tom Wilson: It does indeed.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Aug 2019, 11:44
The three bridges probably are built 1. (middle) pre-Industrial revolution
2. (right)Not too long after said Rev
3. (left) during the 1950's, when the number of cars on the road increased dramatically
4. The future bridge is already there. Just empty space. A human's body suit will do the flying, so they will just need empty space.
Tom Wilson: Telford's bridge 1826; Stephenson's bridge 1849; road bridge 1958 smile The dating of the IR varies but there's general agreement it was from the 1760s to the 1840s.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 9 Aug 2019, 15:38
it's quite extraordinary
Tom Wilson: Quite unique, I think, Sherri.
I really like the Telford bridge, Tom! A great POV here smile
Tom Wilson: It's a fine bit of engineering! Thanks, Martin.
This is an amazing viewpoint.

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