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FIRST FOOTBRIDGE ON THE SEVERN



Hafren Forest





Carries the Severn Way footpath from right bank to left bank.


Photo Credit: OLU

2

SECOND FOOTBRIDGE



Hafren Forest

Built: 1992




Opened by Lady Hooson in 1992, wife of the chairman of the Second Severn Crossing. It may be small, but just as pleasing to the eye as the last bridge on the Severn.

3

RHYD-Y-BENWCH FOOTBRIDGE



Hafren Forest

Built: 1997




Located downstream to the Hafren Forest tourist car park. The bridge was rebuilt to coincide with the re-opening of the footpath.. Nearby is the wooden trestleway which follows the Severn for quite a long way towards the source.

4

CWM RICKET BRIDGE



Cwm Ricket





First road bridge on the Severn. Used by the forestry workers, it is of basic reinforced concrete construction.

5

CWM RICKET PIPE BRIDGE

Cwm Ricket



The locals call it “Paddy’s Bridge, the Forestry Commission would rather call it “Irish Bridge”. Which ever you choose, a strange name for a bridge in the heart of Wales!

6

SEVERN BREAK ITS NECK FOOTBRIDGE

Rhyd-y-Onnen

Built: 1995


Constructed to give visitors a good view of the waterfall and small gorge. An impressive sight when the river is in spate.

7

RHYD-YR-ONNEN FOOTBRIDGE

Rhyd-yr-Onnen



A bridge has occupied this site for many years.

8

HAFODFEDDGAR FARM BRIDGE

Hafodfeddgar



Built to provide farm access.

9

GEUFON FARM BRIDGE

Geufon



Built to provide farm access.

10

GLYNHAFREN FARM BRIDGE

Glynhafren



Built for farm access.

11

GLANHAFREN BRIDGE

Old Hall

Built: 1972


The river was previously crossed by a wooden footbridge before the construction of a road bridge in 1896. When replaced in 1972 the original foundation was incorporated into the current bridge.

12

NANT-YR-HEBOG FOOTBRIDGE

Glan-y-Nant



One of two identical footbridges located near to the site of a once flourishing woollen mill.

13

CANCOED FOOTBRIDGE

Glan-y-Nant



Cancoed Mill burnt down one Saturday night during circa 1922.

14

FELINDRE BRIDGE

Mount Severn

Re-Built: 1848

Designer: Thomas Penson

Originally the bridge was built of three timber bays on two stone abutments to carry the road from Llanidloes to Llangurig over the River Severn. The bridge was re-built at a cost of £600.

15

COLONEL’S BRIDGE

Llanidloes

Built: 1975

 

Named after Colonel Davies-Jenkins of the nearby mansion who was instrumental in replacing the old wooden footbridge with a cast iron one. The present structure is all timber and often referred by locals as Pennygreen Bridge.

16

SHORT BRIDGE

Llanidloes

Built: 1850

Designer: Thomas Penson

Construction began in 1849 and the plaque reads:

T Penson, County Surveyor

E Jones, Builder, Formerly of Dolcellan

1849

17

LONG BRIDGE

Llanidloes

Built: 1826

Designer: Thomas Penson

This bridge was built to replace and old and dangerous wooden one. It dated from 1741 and was only used as a carriageway in times of flooding. At other times it was safer to use the ford!

18

MORFODION FARM BRIDGE

Llanidloes

Built: 1859


A timber bridge built for the Llanidloes and Newtown Railway, later becoming the Cambrian Railway. The line was closed in December 1962 and the bridge became derelict. Now it is used as a farm access bridge.

19

DOLWEN BRIDGE

Upper Penrhuddlan

Built: 1926

 

Concrete construction with cast iron railings.

20

LLANDINAM BRIDGE

Llandinam

Built: 1843

Designer: Thomas Penson

The first iron bridge to be built in the county of Montgomeryshire. Now has a weight restriction of 3 tons.

21

CAERSWS RAILWAY BRIDGE

Caersws



Timber construction. In 1868 the River Severn flooded and carried away the railway embankment causing the train from Newtown to crash, killing the driver and fireman.

22

CAERSWS BRIDGE

Caersws

Built: 1821

Designer: Thomas Penson

Constructed of stone with three elliptical arches. During flooding it is quite common for the waters to reach the top of the arches.

23

FESTIVAL FOOTBRIDGE

Aberhafesp

Built: 1951

Designer: David Rowell & Co.

One of several footbridges built across the Severn.

24

PENSTROWED RAILWAY BRIDGE

Penstrowed



Located on farmland of the Penstrowed Hall Farm.

25

GLANHAFREN HALL RAILWAY BRIDGE

Glanhafren Hall



The bridge is located near an old railway halt which is now occupied as a private residence. The line is still in use.

26

DOLERW PARK FOOTBRIDGE

Newtown



Built for Newtown & Llanllwchairn Urban District Council by Beechwood Construction Ltd & Redpath Dorman Long. The town guide book states that the bridge is almost a replica of the M48 Severn Suspension Bridge

27

LONG BRIDGE

Newtown

Built: 1827

Designer: Thomas Penson

Built to replace a wooden bridge and infirm as it was it stood the ravages of the flood of 1795. Thirty years after it was built there was a serious accident on the bridge caused by its narrow width. Thus a footpath was added in 1857.

28

HALFPENNY FOOTBRIDGE

Newtown

Built: 1972

 

Serious flooding in Newtown swept away several footbridges. This bridge has been built higher and incorporated into the Newtown flood defence scheme.

29

NEWTOWN BYPASS BRIDGE

Newtown

Built: 1993


The B4568 River Severn Crossing at Newtown for Powys County Council, Ian Blair, County Surveyor, Consulting Engineers, Travers Morgan. The Project was partially funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

30

CILGWRGAN BRIDGE

Aberbechan

Built: 1862


Located on the B4389 which was once a turnpike road. It was built under the Cilgwrgan Bettws and Tregynon Road Act of 1860.

31

ABERMULE BYPASS BRIDGE

Abermule

Built: 1975


The bridge was built by Wallace Evans & Partners.

32

BRYNDERWEN BRIDGE

Abermule

Built: 1852

Designer: Thomas Penson

Built by Brymbo Company of Wrexham. This bridge replaces one which had been located 300 yards downstream and swept away in a flood of 1851.

33

FRON FOOTBRIDGE

Plas Meredydd

Built: 1926

Designer: David Rowell & Co.

Another of the classic David Rowell bridges to be found crossing the Severn.

34

CAER HOWELL BRIDGE

Trwstllewelyn

Built: 1858

Designer: Thomas Penson

A previous bridge, built of timber collapsed following the floods of 1852. This was replaced by a James Dredge designed suspension bridge in 1854, but by 1858 this had also collapsed!

35

CIL-CEWYDD BRIDGE

Cil-cewydd

Built: 1861

Designer: Thomas Penson

Built to replace a wooden bridge which had become unsafe. Oswestry & Newtown Railway Co rebuilt the bridge when constructing their railway bridge (see 36)

36

CIL-CEWYDD RAILWAY BRIDGE

Cil-cewydd



Constructed of steel on stone pillars, it was built to carry two railway tracks but now only a single track passes over the bridge. The base of the centre pillar has been rebuilt, encased by steel piles and infilled with concrete.

37

LEIGHTON BRIDGE

Welshpool

Built: 1872


Prior to having a bridge here the river was crossed by means of a ford, although people found this to be quite dangerous.

38

BUTTINGTON RAILWAY BRIDGE

Welshpool



Located close to the road bridge, it is a typical steel railway bridge to found crossing the Severn.

39

BUTTINGTON BRIDGE

Welshpool

Built: 1872


Constructed of cast iron it was built to replace a wooden bridge.

40

POOL QUAY FARM BRIDGE

Pool Quay



The highest point of the Severn that trading vessels came to. Nothing now remains of that era.

as of 2015

41

LLANDRINIO BRIDGE



Llandrinio

Built: 1775


Designer: William Hayward


From here can be seen the Welsh mountains, capped with snow on a cold winters day.

All photographs taken by Chris Witts unless otherwise indicated

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