Bridgend has the meaning of "The main bridge on the River Ogmore". Bridgend itself is 18-mile (29 km) west of the capital Cardiff and 20-mile (32 km) east of Swansea. The river crossed by the original bridge, which gave the town its name, is the River Ogmore, but the River Ewenny also passes to the south of the town.
Historically a part of Glamorgan, Bridgend has greatly expanded in size with the 2011 census reports that the Bridgend Local Authority had a population of 139,200 up from 128,700 in 2001. This 8.2% rise was the largest rise in Wales except for Cardiff. The town is undergoing a redevelopment project, with new business parks opening as well as the town centre having further improvements.
Several prehistoric burial mounds have been found in the vicinity of Bridgend suggesting that the area was settled before Roman times. The A48 between Bridgend and Cowbridge has a portion, known locally as "Crack Hill", a Roman road and the 'Golden Mile' where it is believed Roman soldiers were lined up to be paid.
In 2004 an award-winning new bus station was constructed and traffic movements around the town centre were altered. Local committees, together with the council started to use the pedestrianisation of the town centre to its advantage, culminating in several fairs including Continental Markets, Celtic Festivals, a small Mardi-Gras and seasonal markets and events. Bridgend Council estimated in 2009 that these events have brought 900,000 visitors to the town and generated around £53million for the local economy.
Bridgend has three comprehensive schools, Archbishop McGrath Catholic Comprehensive, Brynteg Comprehensive and Bryntirion Comprehensive. Brynteg is renowned for bringing through Welsh rugby players, including J.P.R. Williams, Rob Howley, Gavin Henson, Mike Hall and Dafydd James.
There are at least nine primary and infant schools in the town, though several of the junior and infant schools have merged in recent years.
Bridgend has a football team that plays in the welsh league as well as Bridgend rugby football club.
The majority of sales in Bridgend during the last year were semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £149,254. Detached properties sold for an average of £216,787, with terraced properties fetching £115,243.
Bridgend, with an overall average price of £162,402, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby Litchard (£155,813), but was more expensive than Brackla (£149,715) and cheaper than Pen-Y-Fai (£184,672).
Overall sold prices in Bridgend over the last year were 7% up on the previous year and 7% up on the 2007 level of £151,151.
Source: Rightmove September 2017
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