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About Bridgend

The Vale of Glamorgan has some splendid valley's and old market town's. Bridgend is an old established market town with a long history. It stands in a spot where the Ogmore, Garw and Llynfi valley's meet, at a point where the waters of the Ogmore River surges towards the sea.

Above the town, a wooded hill shows the remains of an old Norman castle, this echoes the drama of the region in early times when because of constant raiders there was the need to build fortifications.

In more recent times, coal played an important part in the life of the town. In the 17th century the valley's north of the town opened up coal mines, with the Llynfi valley being the first. Iron works and Brickworks were also established in the region, but throughout Bridgend retained its identity as a market town with no coal fields of its own.

During the World War II Bridgend had an important munitions factory and a Prisoner of War Camp. Unlike its near neighbours of Swansea and Cardiff, the town was never blitzed. Following the war years, the town grew at a rapid pace, factories set up and new housing developed. It also became the headquarters for the South Wales Police. Later, Margaret Thatcher's government was to lead to a period of social unrest and the closure of the valley's mines.

Today, the town remains a popular gathering place on market days, it also acts as a base for people wishing to discover hidden valley's and the counties beautiful heritage coast which is backed by high hills with stunning sea and coastal views. There are many charming little bays offering excellent sailing and good opportunities for surfing. Bridgend offers the unique experience of a lovely Welsh market town combined with valley landscapes, a golden coast, and a wealth of visitor attractions.

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Southerndown Beach, Vale Of Glamorgan. August 2004

Southerndown (6 Pictures) in the county of Glamorgan

(3.8 miles, 6.2 km, direction SW of Bridgend)

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Cardiff (152 Pictures) in the county of Glamorgan

(17.3 miles, 27.9 km, direction E of Bridgend)

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Selworthy Green (30 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Somerset

(20.6 miles, 33.1 km, direction S of Bridgend)

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Porlock (52 Pictures) a Seaside Town in the county of Somerset

(20.7 miles, 33.2 km, direction S of Bridgend)

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(21.4 miles, 34.4 km, direction S of Bridgend)

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(2.0 miles, 3.2 km, direction SW)


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(21.6 miles, 34.7 km, direction SW)

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