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Coordinates: 51°32′50″N 3°35′20″W / 51.547150°N 3.588900°W / 51.547150; -3.588900

Welsh: Ynysawdre
Tondu Ironworks - geograph.org.uk - 880445.jpg
Tondu Ironworks
Ynysawdre is located in Bridgend
 Ynysawdre shown within Bridgend
Population 3,698 '2001'
OS grid reference SS900845
Community Ynysawdre
Principal area Bridgend
Ceremonial county Mid Glamorgan
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRIDGEND
Postcode district CF32
Dialling code 01656
Police South Wales
Fire South Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament Bridgend
Welsh Assembly Bridgend
List of places

Ynysawdre is a small community in Bridgend County Borough, south Wales. It is located to the east of Aberkenfig in Wales, and comprises the two villages of Tondu and Brynmenyn. The name Ynysawdre is also usually used for a small section of Tondu. At the 2001 census, the population of the community was 3,698.[1]

Buildings of note[edit]

The community of Ynysawdre is home to several notable buildings. Tondu Ironworks is an important ruminant of Britain’s industrial heritage. Built in 1820 by Sir Robert Price, the ironworks, although derelict, still survive as a series of large roofless stone buildings. Structures surviving include the charging bank, the blast-engine house, a range of seven iron ore calcining kilns, each 62ft by 32ft in size, and over a hundred beehive-shaped coking kilns. The calcining and coking kilns are rare surviving examples of the thousands of kilns once found throughout Britain.[2]

Other notable remains from the area's industrial past include Aberkenfig Railway Bridge and Glan-Rhyd Railway Viaduct, two horse-drawn railway bridges, both built in the 1920s.


Ynysawdre is home to Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen, a large English-medium comprehensive school which serves the Garw and Ogmore valleys. Y Dderwen was formerly the two schools of Ynysawdre School and Ogmore School; Ynysawdre was based on Y Dderwen's current site and Ogmore School was based in the nearby village of Bryncethin. Y Dderwen's new building will be open in 2013; until then the school will operate on a split site basis using the current buildings of Ynysawdre and Ogmore, with the new building being built alongside Ynysawdre.[3]

The community was also home to Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School until mid-2011, when it relocated to a new building in Brackla. The school served the entire county borough.

Ynysawdre is also home to Brynmenyn Primary School, a small school with its own nursery. Tondu primary school is located in the village of Aberkenfig.


Ynysawdre is the location of Pandy Park, home of Tondu RFC. Pandy Park houses numerous football and rugby pitches. Ynysawdre Pool and Fitness Centre is located on Heol-Yr-Ysgol, one of the main roads.


  1. ^ Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines et al., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 980. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6. 
  2. ^ Newman, John (1995). Glamorgan. London: Penguin Group. pp. 627–629. ISBN 0140710566. 
  3. ^ "Modernising Schools". Bridgend.gov.uk. 2011-03-30. Retrieved 2011-08-08. 

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