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Bridgend is a South Wales town located approximately twenty miles (32km) West of Cardiff. The town recovered faster than other towns in the country, in the decline of the traditional industries during the last few decades. The town got its name because of the bridge over the River Ogmore. Another river; the rover Ewenny also passes from the south of Bridgend. The town has a population of close to fifty thousand according to the latest census conducted in 2011. The town has developed rapidly in recent years from a small market town to a prominent industrial center. The town is famous because it is home to the engine plant of Ford Motor Company.

There are some large industrial estates near the town which host several multi-national companies as well as small scale companies. Ford have an engine plant located at Waterton, employ over two thousand people is one of the largest employers in the area. Logica (IT consultancy group) have an office base in the town, and also Lidl, the German retailer have a distribution centre and headquarters in Waterton.

Bridgend History:

The town initially developed as a ford on the Ogmore River which in those days was the main route between East Wales and West Wales. Not far from the town towards the north lies the point where the three rivers; the Ogmore, Llynfi and Garw combine. Back in the 15th century a stone bridge was built to connect both sides of the Ogmore River. The bridge when built had four arches but a devastating flood in the 18th century destroyed two of them, the remainder of the bridge stands to date. It was restored somewhat in 2006.

The town played an important role during the World War II, the town had the prisoner of war camp at Island farm there was also a large ammunition factory at Waterton, and there was also a large storage base for ammunition at Brackla. The factory at its peak employed nearly 40, 000 workers, at the time it was the largest factory in Britain in terms of the number of employees.The town was made the headquarters for the South Wales Police in 1960.  During the 70's the town got a massive uplift; the M4 motorway was completed around the town, a new water supply and sewage treatment system was also installed. Two huge multinational companies the Ford Motor Company and Japan's Sony set up their factories just outside the town.

Education:

There are three comprehensive schools operating in Bridgend, the Brynteg Comprehensive, Archbishop McGrath Catholic Comprehensive and the Bryntirion Comprehensive. There are close to ten infant and junior schools. The town is also home to two schools of special education there are the Ysgol Bryn Castell and the Heronsbridge School.

Sport:

Bridgend has two clubs playing in the Welsh First Division these are the Bridgend Town A.F.C. and the Bryntirion Athletic F.C. Golf is also popular sport in the area and there are many golf courses in an around the town, the most among them is the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club some of the others include Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club, Coed-y-Mwstwr Hotel & Golf Course and the Grove Golf Club. The Bridgend recreation center that is located near the town center has a public swimming pool and other facilities such as a state of the art gum and a sports hall. The Afan Forest Park situation at a distance of merely 12 miles Bridgend provides some of the best mountain bike trails in Western Europe. However most of these trails are recommended only for expert level bikers.

 

Bridgend Media:

The 106.3 Bridge FM is Bridgend’s own commercial radio station an internet radio station by the name of Celtica radio also operates here. The most popular newspaper of the town is The Glamorgan Gazette. In recent years the free The Recorder has also seen a spike in circulation.

Entertainment:The Odeon Cinema is the only cinema operating in Bridgend it is a nine-screen cinema. The Grand Pavilion theatre in Porthcawl is also very active it has different shows on offer from comedy to musical performances. Different festivals are also held in the town every year some of them are the Celtic Music Festival, French Market, Mardi Gras and the Christmas Market.