Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Conwy Bridges

Here are the three bridges that cross the river at Conwy. I read a very interesting article by a local historian  Llew Groom explaining how the first bridge came to be built. This is very interesting reading.
Wikipaedia Conwy Castle (WelshCastell Conwy, English: Conway Castle) is a medieval fortification in Conwy, on the north coast of Wales. It was built by Edward I, during his conquest of Wales, between 1283 and 1289. Constructed as part of a wider project to create the walled town of Conwy, the combined defences cost around £15,000, a huge sum for the period. Over the next few centuries, the castle played an important part in several wars. It withstood the siege of Madog ap Llywelyn in the winter of 1294–95, acted as a temporary haven for Richard II in 1399 and was held for several months by forces loyal to Owain Glyndŵr in 1401.

This bridge was designed by the famous Thomas Telford and the work was started in 1822 and opened in 1826. I remember traveling over this bridge a few times when I was a child. These days it's just a footbridge.

This is the Tubular Bridge and was designed by Robert Stephenson and built 1846-49 for train journeys to Holyhead and the train also passes through the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits also designed by Robert Stevenson. 

This is the bridge built in 1958 but I cannot find out who designed this one unfortunately.
There is a fourth crossing which is The A55 Road Tunnel opened by the Queen in 1991. This goes under the river Conwy


1 comment:

Heather said...

There is something about bridges. Telford's bridge is a beautiful design but my favourites are the old stone medieval ones.