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Tintern Bridge

Primary Photographer(s): Nathan Holth

Bridge Documented: May 11, 2018

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Private Walkway (Former Railway) Over River Wye (Afon Gwy)
Tintern (Tyndyrn): South West, England and Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy), Wales (Cymru): United Kingdom
Structure Type
Metal Double-Intersection Warren Pony Truss, Fixed and Approach Spans: Stone Semicircular Deck Arch, Fixed
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1875 By Builder/Contractor: Reed Brothers of London, England and Isca Foundry of Newport, Wales and Engineer/Design: S. H. Yockney and Son of Westminster, England
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
72.0 Feet (21.9 Meters)
Structure Length
265.0 Feet (80.8 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
3 Main Span(s) and 2 Approach Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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Bridge Documentation

This former railway bridge retains its original materials and design despite conversion to a pedestrian bridge. Lengths given are very rough estimates.

Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings

Listed At: Grade II


Reference Number: 24033

The bridge was constructed in 1872-5 and was actually ready for use before the railway which served it. It was designed by S H Yockney and Son of Westminster for the Wireworks branch of the Monmouth and Wye Valley Railway. The contractors were Reed Bros of London and the ironwork was supplied and erected by the Isca Foundry of Newport. The bridge was designed to carry no more than a small locomotive and three trucks. The Wireworks closed in 1901 but the bridge continued to carry a horse tramway until 1935 when it was finally closed and has been a footpath ever since.

Constructed of sandstone ashlar with wrought iron. Three span single track railway bridge with two small side spans at the English end and a solid abutment at the Welsh end. Two semi-circular arches at the English end, three large sandstone piers, three spans of rivetted cross-braced wrought ironwork. The track ran through the girders which are separate over each span. The track bed has been boarded to act as a footpath. The bridge spans the border between Wales and England and between Monmouthshire and the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.


Reason for designation
Included as an unaltered wrought iron railway bridge of the 1860's, which has survived unchanged through very light use.


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