Bridgend (community)

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  • Welsh: Pen-y-Bont ar Ogwr
Bridgend is located in Bridgend
Bridgend shown within Bridgend
Population 13,950 '2001'
OS grid reference SS908800
  • Bridgend
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRIDGEND
Postcode district CF31
Dialling code 01656
Police South Wales
Fire South Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places
51°30′31″N 3°34′28″W / 51.508663°N 3.574570°W / 51.508663; -3.574570Coordinates: 51°30′31″N 3°34′28″W / 51.508663°N 3.574570°W / 51.508663; -3.574570

Bridgend is a community in Bridgend County Borough, south Wales. Along with the communities of Brackla and Coychurch Lower, it makes up the town of Bridgend. Bridgend is the western district of Bridgend town, and takes in the town centre, Newcastle Hill, Tremains and to the north Wild Mill. The population of the community of Bridgend at the 2001 census was 13,950.[1]

The community of Bridgend was created in 1974 when the civil parishes of Wales were abolished. In 1996 a large change to the boundaries of Bridgend resulted in the community of Bridgend gaining a large proportion of the community of Ewenny, including the area known as Heronston.[2]

Buildings of note[edit]

One of the oldest structures in the community is Newcastle Castle a Norman fortification, overlooking the town from Newcastle Hill. The castle is now ruinous.

Near Brynteg Comprehensive School is Island Farm, a Second World War prisoner of war camp, site of a famous prison break in 1945. The break out camp is the only one of the prison structures to survive, and is now a listed building.[1]


  1. ^ a b Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines; Lynch, Peredur I., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 83. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6. 
  2. ^ "The Bridgend and The Vale of Glamorgan (Areas) Order 1996". Local Government Boundary Commission for Wales. 1996. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 

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