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Chepstow Bridge / Old Wye Bridge in the Lower Wye Valley

Chepstow Bridge (also known as the Old Wye Bridge) is one of the most scenic bridges in the Wye Valley, marking the boundary between England & Wales, Gloucestershire & Monmouthshire.

There has been a bridge in Chepstow since at least the 13th century when a ten pier wooden bridge crossed the span. It was often rebuilt with a ferry used in the down periods. At the start of the 19th century a new bridge was needed, which leads us to our Old Wye Bridge.

Chepstow / Old Wye Bridge

Why is a 'pre-1830' iron bridge so important?

Old Wye Bridge, Chepstow


Iron and steel are a vital part of our everyday lives. 'Pre 1830' represents the first 50 years of iron used in structural form in world history. The earliest iron bridges are an important part of world history and heritage as iron and steel were a core part of the industrial revolution. Industrialisation was carried through on the back of iron and steel production and development - and quite literally- on the back of iron and steel road and rail bridges.

Did you know?

Chepstow Bridge is the World's largest iron arch road bridge from the first 50 years (1780-1830) of iron and steel construction.

Of the ten largest iron arch road bridges built in the world before 1830, only Chepstow remains.

Chepstow Bridge was designed and built by John Urpeth Rastrick, a remarkable engineer who also build some of the world's first steam engines from 1806 onwards and the first steam engine to run in the USA in 1829. However, as his work was primarily not in bridge engineering, most 19th/20th century bridge writers did not report his work, resulting in the Wye Bridge being ignored for so long.

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