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Aerial photograph of the three bridges at Conwy: railway bridge, suspension bridge and new road bridge, 1996

Aerial photograph of the three bridges at Conwy: railway bridge, suspension bridge and new road bridge, 1996
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This item comes from: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (Item reference: 96-CS).  If you would like to see the original item, or require information regarding copyright, please contact the repository/contributor named above.


Aerial photograph of Conwy Castle and the three bridges which cross the Conwy estuary: Conwy railway bridge, Conwy suspension bridge, and Conwy road bridge.

Conwy castle was built by Master James of St George, King Edward I's mason-architect. It is an outstanding achievement of medieval architecture and is perhaps one of the most impressive of Edward's Welsh fortresses. Construction work began in 1283 and the castle was completed in 1287. The castle and town are surrounded by a well-preserved wall.

Conwy suspension bridge (in the centre) was designed and built by Thomas Telford (1757-1834) and was completed in 1826. It replaced the ferry, which was previously the only means of crossing the river. Conwy Tubular Bridge (top of picture) was built by Robert Stephenson (1803-59) to carry the railway across the estuary - it was officially opened in 1849. The road bridge (on the bottom of the picture) was completed in 1958.

Source: http://www.castlewales.com/conwy.html

Gathering the Jewels ref: GTJ28549

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

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