Bridgend Bridge

16th. Century

16th Century

In 1500 the town was noted as having a market of repute, for it was the natural focal point of the fertile area to the south east and the south west; the valleys and hill farms converging from the north.

18th Century

18th Century During the latter part of this century saw the growth of the tanneries and the short-lived but ambitious woollen factory; the potteries on the clay beds of Ewenny and Heronstone, also, in the town itself, the support services for agriculture, with an iron foundry making implements and farm machinery.