Pontypridd Bridge

When I’m discussing my Merthyr Road project with friends and colleagues who share an interest in local history, I’m often heard to remark that I’d love to be able to take my Nikon D200 with me back in time to take shots of what these places looked like in their heyday. Alas, we don’t yet have a time machine (and current thinking is that, when we do have one, we’ll only be able to go back in time to the day the machine was first switched on), but we do have Photoshop.

Fellow Flickr user Capt’ Gorgeous has been busy with Photoshop, creating a tantalising shot of what the old bridge at Pontypridd might have looked like when it was first built, before the more modern (and flat) road bridge was built alongside it. I think it’s a fantastic piece of imagination, and a great piece of work.

Here’s hoping that someone does build a time machine, so that we can go back and capture shots like this for real one day 🙂


  1. Tudor Rickards says:
    November 11th, 2008 at 12:22 am

    Wonderful image of what the Old Bridge might have looked like. I’d be interested in using it, maybe on my website:

    If it is in the public domain I’d be delighted if someone would find a creative way to put it on the wikipedia site (with acknowledgement of course) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tudor_Rickards

    Best wishes

    Tudor Rickards

  2. rgthelg says:
    March 13th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I model railroads … and the Edwards Bridge is one of my favorites … though not a train bridge. I am currently attempting to create model of the bridge, just because it is truly a wonderful piece of work.
    This Photoshopped version is a wonderful tool for visualizing how the bridge may have looked sans the flat bridge.
    Now, full disclosure … I am not railroad modeling the Welsh valleys …

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