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    The Britannia Bridge

    Britannia BridgeLions
    "The Britannia and Conwy Tubular Bridges rank amongst the highest triumphs of engineering skill of modern times". That is what was written about the Britannia Bridge by William Cathrall, 1863 in his 'Wanderings in North Wales'. He also wrote "the new viaduct was first dedicated to railway use on Tuesday 5th March, 1850. Its appearance is handsome and imposing. Pedestals at either end are surmounted by colossal lions couchant, of Egyptian design, each measuring 25 feet in length and 12 feet in height and the structure will long continue to form one of the most attractive objects of interest in North Wales, as it will be a lasting monument of the inventive genius and constructive sill of Robert Stephenson."

    Unfortunately an accidental fire damaged the original tubular bridge about which Mr Cathrall speaks, in 1970. (You can see a picture of what the original bridge looked like on our 'history of the village' section, or explore more about how the bridge burnt down and other local facts in Ian Skidmore's book "Anglesey Rambles").

    The Britannia railway bridge now has a road carriageway built on the top, and is part of the A55 major trunk road to Holyhead.




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