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Waterloo Bridge, Betws-y-coed
Afon Conwy, Betws-y-coed, Conwy, UK
Waterloo Bridge, Betws-y-coed
associated engineer
Thomas Telford
date  1815
era  Georgian  |  category  Bridge  |  reference  SH798557
ICE reference number  HEW 106
photo  ICE archive
The outer ribs of Waterloo bridge bear testament to its name: ‘This arch was constructed in the same year the battle of Waterloo was fought.’ The spandrels above are decorated with rose, thistle, shamrock and leek, representing the Act of Union. They were modelled in relief by William Hazledine.
This well-known bridge was built to carry the London to Holyhead road (also by Telford) over the Afon Conwy. Its single span of 32m consists of five cast-iron arched girders at 1.5m centres supporting cast-iron deck plates.
In 1923, the bridge was strengthened by concreting the inner three ribs and adding a 18cm reinforced concrete deck. This was cantilevered to provide new footways and allow the roadway to be widened.
In 1978, a new 250mm reinforced concrete deck was added and the original cast-iron parapet fence, visible from outside, was protected by an additional fence inside. The masonry abutments were strengthened on both occasions.
The route of Telford's London to Holyhead road is largely followed by the modern A5.
Ironwork: William Hazeldine
Contractor: William Suttle
Research: RJ
"Thomas Telford" by Anthony Burton
Aurum Press Ltd, London, 1999
reference sources   CEH W&W

Waterloo Bridge, Betws-y-coed

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