Bridgend County Borough as it is now, was established in 1996, and became divided into 20 communities.. In alphabetical order it consists of Brackla, Bridgend (town), Cefn Cribwr, Coity Higher, Coychurch Higher, Coychurch Lower, Cornelly, Garw Valley, Laleston, Llangynwyd Lower, Llangynwyd Middle, Maesteg, Merthyr Mawr, Newcastle Higher, Ogmore Valley, Pencoed, Porthcawl, Pyle, St Bride's Minor and Ynysawdre.
The discovery of several burial mounds in the area provided evidence that Bridgend was a settlement long before Roman times making it another of the many places in Wales to visit that would be of interest to the tourist...
After the successful invasion of the UK by William the Conqueror in 1066, Norman Barons took over many areas in South Glamorgan. At Coity a Welsh chieftain by the name of Morgan Gam held a stronghold and was approached by an 11th century Norman Lord Payn de Turberville to take over the stronghold. Morgan agreed, providing that Lord Payn satisfied one of two conditions.. He would either have to fight Morgan for the property or take Morgan's daughter Sybil as his wife. Obviously he was a lover and not a fighter, he took the easier option and married Sybil, built a new castle, and became Lord of Coity.
Coity was one of three castles forming a protective triangle around Bridgend. Coity, Newcastle and Ogmore Castle to the south. Bridgend was a bustling agricultural centre for the local farmers and is still referred to as a market town.
In the 17th Century, coal was discovered and mining began in the South Wales Valleys to the north. And in the steam age, Bridgend became a rail junction on the main line between West Wales and London - the Great Western Railway on this line to this day. With the opening of the coalmines, other lines were introduced to take coal and other products down to Porthcawl, Barry and Cardiff docks. Such industry had a strong positive effect on the town and its population began to grow, but the town of Bridgend having no coal seams, did not have any such industry itself.
Cefn Cribwr Ironworks,
Bedford Park, Bridgend
Ogmore River Scenes in