Dolau-Hirion Bridge

Carmarthenshire

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Dolauhirion Bridge Llandovery
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Bridge
Post-Medieval/Modern
Transport

Data Source

Cadw

County Council (Unitary)

Carmarthenshire Council

Parish

Llandovery

Parliamentary Constituency

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

Grid Reference

SN762762 (276206, 236099)

WGS84 Coordinates

52.0091, -3.80386

Nearest Postcode

SA20 0TU

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User-Submitted Notes

This bridge was built in 1773 by Thomas Edwards the son of the eminent Welsh bridge builder and minister of religion William Edwards (1719-1789). William Edwards is best remembered for his famous bridge at Pontypriddd. Almost certainly this bridge at Dolauhirion was his design and the construction supervised by his son Thomas. It has a span of 30 metres and a road about 4 metres wide over the River Towy. The cylindrical holes in the bridge's spandrels inserted to lessen the weight and thereby reduce the stress on the centre are readily recognisable features of William Edwards' bridges. On the south rampart of the bridge near the centre is chiselled THOMAS EDWARD 1773.There had been various wooden bridges at this river crossing since 1170.

Hugh David Morgan, 9 July 2012

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