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The Bridges of Wales Paperback – 21 Mar 2001

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Llygad Gwalch Cyf; New Ed edition (21 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863816673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863816673
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.4 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,197,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Bridges of Wales" is pretty much the only current book to offer a gazeteer to the viaduct and crossings of Wales, which is a shame, because it's in many ways quite disappointing.

Breese lists bridges by county or river, and gives in some cases quite detailed accounts of their features and history. Map references are given throughout to help the bridge-seeking tourist and there are some photos as well.

His writing style is informative and easy to read, but unfortunately the book's flaws are many. Firstly, it's all over the place, jumping from area to area with little real overall structure. Secondly, there are no maps at all, so any attempt to figure out the geography of different structures is impossible without a map at your side.

The photos are limited in number - the book would have been far better if there had been more. The referencing is lacking (and there's no index), which makes the book a hindrance rather than a help to a bridge historian. Finally, the book's main enthusiasm is for older bridges, which means mainly masonry road bridges and early rail bridges. As a result, modern bridges get little attention - even neglecting several bridges which today are quite historic e.g. those from the early twentieth century.

By comparison with the nearest equivalent, Gillian Nelson's "Highland Bridges", this is a disappointing book - but until something better comes along, still the most comprehensive on its subject.
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