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CF31 area guide

Postcode district: CF31

Location

The CF31 postcode district lies within or includes part of the following towns, counties, localities, electoral wards and stations: Brackla, Brackla Industrial Estate, Bridgend, Bridgend Industrial Estate, Broadlands, Bryntirion, Bryntirion, Laleston and Merthyr Mawr, Cefn Glas, Coity, Court Colman, Coychurch Lower, Hernstone, Litchard, Litchard Industrial Estate, Llangewydd and Brynhyfryd, Morfa, Newcastle, Oldcastle, Pendre, Pen-Y-Cae, Pen-y-fai, The Derwen, Waterton, Waterton Industrial Estate, Wild Mill.

History

Bridgend (or Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr in Welsh), is thought to have been a settlement even before Roman times. It was in a key position as it was located at a ford on the River Ogmore, which was, at the time, the main route between East and West Wales. In the fifth century a stone bridge was built to connect each side of the river; two out of the four arches still stand today. Coal, which was discovered in the north of Bridgend, made a huge impact on the economic structure of the town. Bridgend itself never had any coal mines so therefore it remained a market town throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. But the surrounding areas were full of coal mining operations which ultimately brought the arrival of the railway. By the beginning of the twentieth century Bridgend was a prosperous market town with an excellent rail network and a population of 61,000 people.

Present

The local economy is still doing well, even after the decline of the coal industry. Wages in this area are generally higher than in other parts of South Wales. The retail sector provides a large portion of the town’s employment, as the wages are higher in this industry than others. The median age of the current population of over 38,000 is thirty seven.A selection of some of the more expensive properties in CF31 are located on Adare Street and Waterton Lane. Adare Street has an average current value of around £620,000 but that can vary accordingly. The closest primary school is Penybont Primary School on Minerva Street. Waterton Lane has an average property value of £460,000 which is subject to change according to the market. There are seventeen homes on this street, most of which are larger detached homes that are perfect for families. For residents with smaller children, Archdeacon John Lewis C.I.W. Primary School is nearby on Brackla Way. Residents of both streets share a secondary school, which is Bryteg Comprehensive School. There is a supermarket on Cowbridge Road for easy food shopping and a nearby petrol station too.Some of the most affordable streets in the CF31 area include Tremgarth and Bradfield Road. Tremgarth has an average property value of £44,000. Only two of the sixty-three properties on this street are flats and most are small, two bedroom homes. Cefn clas Infant School is the nearest primary school in the area on St Winifreds Road and on Merlin Crescent is the nearest secondary school, Bryntirion Comprehensive School. Bradfield Road has sixty-seven properties including two flats and an average current value of £48,000. The homes on this street are mainly semi-detached, with a few terraces. The closest primary school is St Mary’s Catholic Primary School on Llangewydd Road. Cefn clas Infant School is nearby as well. Bryntirion Comprehensive School is also the local secondary school. The supermarket on Brewery Lane is the local food shopping stop.