Not only is this suspension bridge noted for retaining its original eyebar chains, its setting is unique next to Castle Conwy and two other historic bridges: the Conwy Railway Bridge, and the Conwy Road Bridge. Beautiful views of all three bridges can be had from Castle Conwy. Indeed this bridge is unique as its backstay chains pass through the walls to the inside of Castle Conwy, with the anchorages at that end of the bridge concealed within the castle.
The fact that this bridge retains its original eyebar chains sets it apart from other bridges such as the Menai Bridge. Newer cables were added above the original eyebar chains, however the chains appear to be largely unaltered. Thus this bridge illustrates very well the design of early suspension bridges. It is also noted as a work by the famous engineer Thomas Telford.
The lattice railing on this bridge is not original, but is riveted with bolted alterations. The railing also appears to provide a function as a stiffening girder to some extent.
A beautiful bridgehouse (toll-takers house) is present at the east end of the bridge. The bridge is owned and maintained by the National Trust today.
The architectural design of the bridge and toll-takers house were designed to harmonize with Castle Conwy.
Above: Historical photo showing bridge ca. 1840. The railway bridge had not yet been built at this time. Note that the railing/stiffening girders are different than those seen today.
Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings
Listed At: Grade I
Reference Number: 3234
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