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ZAR Road Bridge over the Apies River, 'Leeubrug' / 'Lion Bridge'
Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng

Sytze Wopkes WIERDA: Design Architect
John Johnston KIRKNESS: Contractor

Style:Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens


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25°44'43.88" S 28°12'05.17" E Alt: 1310m

It is the oldest existing bridge over the Apies River and the only remaining bridge in the centre of Pretoria dating from the days of the ZAR. It replaced the 'Arcadia' Bridge although keeping that name in some contemporary depictions. It has a coursed rough-hewn sandstone ashlar abutments and central pier, which carried steel beam superstructures spanning 14,6m. The deck was 10m wide flanked each side by 1,8m walkways. Each of the causeway walls was mounted by cast iron recumbent lions, still extant, which lent the bridge its name. They were cast in Glasgow, Scotland by the Sun Foundry, possibly as testimony to the site was earlier known as Leeudrif (Lions' Causeway) but also probably because the ZAR coat-of-Arms depicted a recumbent lion. The bridge was declared a National Monument (now Provincial Heritage Resource) in 1981.

(Richardson, 2001: 208)

Writings about this entry

Bakker, Karel A, Clarke, Nicholas J & Fisher, Roger C. 2014. Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens : A shared Dutch built heritage in South Africa. Pretoria: Visual Books. pg 99
Erasmus, Koos and Friebus, Hein. 2008. Vergete padbrûe van die ZAR : 'n oorsig van die padbrûe wat gebou en beplan is tydens die regering van die Zuid-Afrikaanse Republiek. Centurion: Koos Erasmus and Hein Friebus: . pg 44, 46, 45 (photos)
Richardson, Deidré. 2001. Historic Sites of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. pg 208