Cowbridge Area Guide

Cowbridge is a market town in the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales, which stands approximately 7 miles (11 km) west of Cardiff. Cowbridge is currently twinned with Clisson in northwestern France.

The History of Cowbridge

The town lies on the site of a Roman settlement identified by some scholars as the fort of Bovium. Recent excavations have now revealed an extensive Roman settlement; the town lies alongside a Roman road. Cowbridge's Welsh name, Y Bont-faen, means literally 'the stone bridge'.

The present Cowbridge Town Hall dates back as far as the Elizabethan era, and it served as a prison until 1830, when it was converted into a town hall to replace the former Guild Hall, demolished at that date. The New Palladian Town Hall was built in 1830 by Isaiah Verity who was made a Freeman of Cowbridge. The money for the reconstruction was raised by public subscription.

Eight of the original prison cells are still intact, six of which house the exhibits of Cowbridge Museum. The remainder of the building is used by the town council and for public events.

The museum holds archaeological finds from Cowbridge and district, as well as displays on the later history of the town, including industrial and domestic artefacts, a photographic collection, and a small historical costume collection.

The main street contains a number of Georgian houses, including the former town houses of important local families such as the Edmondes and Carnes. The Carnes' town house is known as Great House, a Grade 2* listed property of Medieval origin.

Living in Cowbridge Today

Cowbridge Comprehensive School has approximately 1300 pupils, and is one of the best performing secondary schools in Wales. It achieved 94% A*-C at GCSE in 2010.

Cowbridge is home to Cowbridge RFC a Welsh Rugby Union affiliated rugby union team, which fields two senior, a youth and ladies team. Cowbridge Cricket Club first played in 1840 and now has six senior and junior teams and is affiliated to the South Wales Cricket Association.

Cowbridge also has a leisure centre where can be found various clubs including, tennis, football and badminton. Behind Cowbridge Leisure Centre is Cowbridge Bowling Club and tennis courts.

House Values in Cowbridge

The majority of sales in Cowbridge during the last year were detached properties, selling for an average price of £411,500. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £287,750, with terraced properties fetching £327,714.

Cowbridge, with an overall average price of £369,993, was similar in terms of sold prices to nearby St Hilary (£378,493) and Aberthin (£377,500), but was cheaper than Llanblethian (£444,850).

Overall sold prices in Cowbridge over the last year were similar to the previous year and similar to the 2014 level of £378,405.

Source: Rightmove September 2017

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