CPAT Regional Sites & Monuments Record

PRN 85212 - Welshpool, Smithfield Road, railway transfer dock (multiple site)
Scheduled Ancient Monument MG254(POW)

NGR :- SJ22980734 (SJ20NW)
Unitary authority :- Powys
Community :- Welshpool
Prefered site type :- 20th Century - Cattle docks (Multiple - Intact )

A rare surviving interchange facility between narrow and broad gauge railways. Built 1903 to provide a connection between the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway (narrow gauge) and the Cambrian Railways (later Great Western) (standard gauge), it remained in use until 1956. Three parallel rails in the transfer dock allowed access for both standard and narrow gauge rolling stock to the same platforms. The site is well documented in the papers of the Welshpool and Llanfair Railway in the National Library of Wales. A triangular island platform of stone, brick and concrete survives with mixed gauge track on both sides, laid into concrete without sleepers. The island platform has two rows of cattle pens with concrete and iron fencing and timber gates, and a single-storey brick office. Of national importance as a rare surviving railway transfer dock, believed to be the last surviving example in Wales, and possibly Britain (Cadw, 2003).

Sources:-
Cadw AM107 , 1998 , Mg254(POW) , Photos
Cadw map , 2003 , SJ20NW , 1:10000
Cadw map , 2003 , SJ2207 & SJ2307 , 1:2500
Jones, N W, Silvester, R J & Britnell, W J , 2003 , Montgomery Canal Conservation Management Strategy. Landscape Archaeology Assessment , CPAT Report 550 .

Events:-
Visit Cadw/PW / 1998(24/09/98) - Unused Scrub
Assessment CPAT / 2003(31/08/03) -
Desktop study CPAT / 2003(31/08/03) -
HLC CPAT / 2003(31/08/03) -

record created 28/03/03 JS03 - copyright CPAT , last updated 10/05/04
The above data are supplied by CPAT in partnership with its Local Authorities and the partners of END, CPAT SMR partnership, 2004 (and in part Crown, 2004 - as indicated)



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Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust, Curatorial Section, 7a Church Street, Welshpool, Powys SY21 7DL.
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