Bridgend is a large town in Bridgend County, South Wales. It is bordered by Oldcastle to the north, Ewenny to the south, Troes to the east and Laleston to the west. The towns and villages of St Brides Major, Ogmore-by-Sea, Cowbridge, Pencoed, Coity, Bryncethin, North Connelly, Merthyr Mawr and Sarn are all nearby. The town derives its name from the bridge crossing the river Ogmore, which runs through the town, along with the river Ewenny.
Two castles stand nearby: Newcastle Castle, built in 1106 by Robert Fitzhamon, and Ogmore Castle, built in 1116 by William de Londres. The former castle has a magnificent Norman doorway, which may look dull on the inside but on the outside it is adorned with beautiful decorations. A tower was added during the 16th century, but little else has been done. The castle was handed over to the Turbevilles (the lords of Coity) in 1217, but since their main seat was at Coity Castle, they had little care for Newcastle castle.....
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