Nant-y-moel

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Coordinates: 51°37′26″N 3°32′24″W / 51.624°N 3.540°W / 51.624; -3.540

Nant-y-moel or Nantymoel [nant ə mɔi̯l] (Welsh for stream from the bare mountain ) is a village and includes the formerly separate village of Pricetown[1] in the county borough of Bridgend, Wales on the River Ogmore, and is one of the constituent villages of the Ogmore Valley. It is bordered by the village of Wyndham to the south and by the Bwlch y Clawdd mountain to the north.

As with the rest of the Ogmore Valley, it was mainly a farming community up until the middle of the 19th century when coal mining became widespread across South Wales.[2] The last coal mine (Wyndham/Western Colliery) closed in 1983, resulting in high unemployment at that time. Most residents today now travel to Bridgend or other larger towns for work.[3]

The primary school was one of the few in the whole valley that did not close in July 2003 and merge with the new Ogmore Primary School. It was refurbished in 2002 to combine with the nursery school that had previously closed.[4]

The A4061 road passes through the village and goes north over Bwlch y Clawdd where it links to Treorchy and the Rhondda Valley to the north and the A4107 that goes west. The Bwlch, and surrounding large hillsides, offers a far-reaching view of the surrounding countryside. On a clear day, it is possible to see South West England over the Bristol Channel to the south, and the Brecon Beacons mountain range to the north.[5]

It is the birthplace of 1964 Summer Olympics Long Jump champion Lynn Davies,[6] and artist John Forrester-Clack.[7] The actor Windsor Davies also lived in the village.[8][9]

Governance[edit]

Nantymoel is the name of an electoral ward to Bridgend County Borough Council. Prior to 1996, Nantymoel was a ward to Ogwr Borough Council, electing one councillor.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Price Town", Wikipedia, 2016-06-19, retrieved 2019-08-26
  2. ^ "Ogmore Valley", Wikipedia, 2019-08-08, retrieved 2019-08-26
  3. ^ "BBC - Wales - History - Themes - 20th century coal mining". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-08-26.
  4. ^ "Nantymoel Primary School - GOV.UK". get-information-schools.service.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-08-26.
  5. ^ "Brecon Beacons", Wikipedia, 2019-06-26, retrieved 2019-08-26
  6. ^ "Lynn Davies", Wikipedia, 2019-08-16, retrieved 2019-08-26
  7. ^ "The work of John Forrester Clack". John Forrester Clack.
  8. ^ "It Ain't Half Hot Mum actor dies aged 88". 2019-01-19. Retrieved 2019-08-26.
  9. ^ "Windsor Davies", Wikipedia, 2019-07-17, retrieved 2019-08-26
  10. ^ "Ogwr Welsh District Council Election Results 1973-1991" (PDF). The Elections Centre (Plymouth University). Retrieved 24 July 2019.