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
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.