Waterloo Bridge, Betws-y-Coed

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Waterloo Bridge
Waterloo Bridge over River Llugwy.JPG
Coordinates 53°05′07″N 3°47′43″W / 53.0852°N 3.7953°W / 53.0852; -3.7953Coordinates: 53°05′07″N 3°47′43″W / 53.0852°N 3.7953°W / 53.0852; -3.7953
Carries Motor vehicles (2 lanes)
Crosses River Conwy
Locale Betws-y-Coed
Design Arch bridge
Material Cast iron
Longest span 32m (105 ft)[1]
Number of spans 1
Designer Thomas Telford
Construction end 1815
This article is about the bridge at Betws-y-Coed. For other uses, see Waterloo Bridge (disambiguation).

Waterloo Bridge is an early cast iron bridge, spanning the River Conwy at Betws-y-Coed, in Conwy county borough, north-west Wales.

The bridge is located about half a mile south-east of the village. It was built by the civil engineer Thomas Telford. An inscription on the arch records that it was constructed in the year of the Battle of Waterloo, but although designed and constructed in 1815, its erection was not completed that year. It was raised as part of building the road from London to Holyhead (now the A5). The bridge is made wholly from cast iron (apart from the stone bastions) and was only the seventh such bridge to be built.

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  1. ^ Engineering Timelines. "Waterloo Bridge". Retrieved September 2011. 
  • Quartermaine et al. (2003) Thomas Telford's Holyhead Road: The A5 in North Wales, Council for British Archaeology ISBN 978-1-902771-34-2

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