Court Colman Manor
Pen-Y-Fai, Bridgend, CF31 4NG, uk
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Travel Tips for Bridgend
Cowbridge - an old market town
Cowbridge is an old market town- cattle market. The town dates back to Roman and particularly medieval times.
It has a beautiful shopping street- likened to Bond Street in London. There are a number of shops selling bread, chocolate, clothes that are not the usual chainstores. Like Bond Street they are expensive too! There are passages leading to small areas with even more shops in lovely stone buildings- one such is Veritys Court.
The parish church- the Sacred Heart - is being renovated; it has some interesting gravestones inside.
There are remains of the old 13th century town wall and entering from the parking area you find yourself in a square with the clinic, library, community college and the physic garden where there are beds of medicinal plants planted in groups according to which organs of the body they can cure.
Another handsome building is the old Cowbridge Grammar school where the actor Anthony Hopkins was a boarder. It has now been turned into apartments, but the narrow windows have been retained as it is a protected building.
The Duke of Wellington on the main street is a 15th century coaching inn, now a restaurant and bar. [see tip]. It looks much smaller than it actually is inside.
In all it is an interesting town.
Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr) is a town in the County Borough of Bridgend in South Wales. It is roughly at the halfway point between the cities of Cardiff and Swansea.
The river Ogmore is crossed by the original bridge that gave the town its name, but the River Ewenny also passes south of the town.
After the Norman conquest of England in 1066, the English king looked westwards to create new seats for lords loyal to William The Conqueror and Groups of Norman Barons arrived in Wales creating what would later become the Welsh Marches in the south and east, whilst the north and some of the west remained largely unconquered due to the harsh terrain and fierce opposition.
At Coity a local Welsh chieftain called Morgan Gam had already built a stronghold and during the 11th century The Norman Lord Payn de Turberville approached Morgan to turn over control of Coity Castle to de Turberville. Morgan Gam agreed, but only if de Turberville either fought Morgan for the land, or took Gam's daughter Sybil's hand in marriage. Turberville married Sybil becoming Lord of Coity.
In the early part of the 12th c Newcastle Castle which is on Newcastle Hill overlooking the town centre and Ogmore Castle were built by Robert Fitzhamon and William de Londres respectively. Then some 2 miles north-east of Ogmore Castle Maurice de Londres founded the fortified Benedictine Ewenny Priory in 1141.
These three castles provided a "defensive triangle" for the area which was further strengthened when Ewenny Priory was Fortified by William de Londres's Son Maurice.
Bridgend - Home of Wales' Premier Designer Outlet!
'Pen-y-Bont' in Welsh.
Just passing through to get to McArthur Glen in Sarn Park, but this is what I saw...
A lively town centre with attractive pedestrianised shopping streets, at least three arcades with 'The Rhiw' being the nicest and newest and the one near the temporary Bus Station on Cheapside being something out of a mugger's guide to concrete 70's jungles - luckily it is also right next to the town Police Station!
"Quick Tips and Suggestions"
There is also an Indoor Market next to 'The Rhiw', it is a bit of a mish-mash with produce stalls, greasy-spoon cafes and bric-a-brac stalls side by side.
There are a couple of minor castles in the vicinity and there is a reasonably famous craft centre somewhere by the river in town.
More when I return...
There are plenty buses as Bridgend is at the centre of a comprehensive bus network, including access to National Express coaches.
Bridgend is also on the main rail line between Swansea and Cardiff with direct links to London Paddington and west as far as Pembrokeshire. A return train journey to Cardiff is £4.
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Address: Pen-Y-Fai, Bridgend, CF31 4NG, uk