The earliest signs of habitation in the Bridgend area go back to Stone Age and Iron Age times, but the first indications that still exists are to be found in the castles of Ogmore, Newcastle and Coity, and the priory at Ewenny, which are all Norman in foundation. Until the stone bridge was built across the shallow ford in the River Ogmore in around 1425, the earliest settlements had been on higher ground nearby, at Newcastle and Nolton, but the construction of the bridge led to habitation literally at “Bridge End”.
Bridgend grew into a thriving market town with its own wooden industry, and the coming of the railway consolidated its position. The Victorians created much that is still recognisable in the centre of the town, in spite of recent changes, the twentieth century brought industry, from the Royal Ordanance Factory at Waterton to the blossoming industrial estates and the subsequent increase in housing.
This fascinating glimpse of the town includes the Queen’s Golden Jubilee visit, the Street Fair and the Bridgend Show in 2002.