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Bridgend Town Information




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A bustling market town, Bridgend may well have taken its name from a 15th century bridge spanning the River Ogmore. The structure had to be rebuilt in the 18th century and is now a listed building.

The town developed in the Middle Ages as a river crossing for pilgrims but had earlier been singled out by the Normans who built two castles either side of the Ogmore. Only one remains and casts an eerie shadow over the area. One of Bridgend’s most interesting buildings is the Hospice of the Knights of St. John, a 15th century church house used by the pilgrims.

River Ogmore - Photo © Bridgend County Borough Council
River Ogmore - Photo: Bridgend County Borough Council