1700 to 1899


  • 1700

Death of John Carne of Ewenny Priory, last of the male Carne line at Ewenny, aged 15 years. On the deaths of his sisters, ownership of the Priory passed to a Turbervill, in which name, but not direct male line, it remains today.


  • 1723

Birth of Richard Price, son of Rev. Rice Price of Tynton, Llangeinor. Richard was destined to become one of the foremost personalities of the later 18th Century.


  • 1737

Two ships, the snow "Pye" and the brig "Priscilla" were wrecked near Nash Point and looted by gangs mainly from Bridgend.


  • 1746

The first visit to Bridgend of John Wesley who preached probably at Newcastle Church.


  • 1750

David Munday, the earliest recorded clock-maker in Bridgend, began his business. Other early clock-makers in the town included Rees Thomas (1769), John Lougher (1780-90) and Thomas Bowen (1791).


  • 1758

Mention of Ty-y-Quarella, a tenement of 35 acres in the parish of Coity. Quarella is derived from the Welsh Chwarelau - meaning quarries. A quarry existed there and the Quarella stone from this quarry was used for many buildings in Bridgend. There is also mention of a tenement of 27 acres known as Wild Mill - I live in Wildmill and the old Quarella Quarry is close by.


  • 1775

The old stone bridge, referred to previously, was partially demolished by a flood, with the two arches nearest the west bank being washed away. The bridge was quickly rebuilt with one arch replacing the two smaller ones.


  • 1788

Mention of the building of the first Town Hall in High Street, now Dunraven Place.


  • 1803

Dunraven castle was built to replace Dunraven House.


  • 1810

The drapery shop London House was founded by Henry Verity in High Street, now Dunraven Place   - I remember the shop in my younger days.


  • 1821

The building of a new traffic bridge over the river Ogmore, just upstream of the old bridge, was commenced by the laying of the foundation stone by Mr. W. Kirkham.


  • 1822

A new road, Park Street, to bypass the very steep Newcastle Hill was opened. This linked to the new traffic bridge and marked the beginning of the growth on the modern Bridgend.


  • 1828

The opening of the horse drawn Duffryn Llynvi and Porthcawl railroad which would carry coal from the upper Llynfi Valley to the new dock at Porthcawl.


  • 1830

Bridgend Railway opened. It branched off the Duffryn Llynvi and Porthcawl Railroad at Cwm Ffoes, following a route along what is still referred to as the 'black path', through Quarella Road to its terminus at what later became the playground of the (Penybont) Board School.


  • 1831

The first Gas Works established in Bridgend on a site conveniently adjoining the terminus of the Bridgend Railway.


  • 1850

The South Wales Railway was opened through Bridgend. Bridgend Railway Station was fitted with gas lamps.


  • 1852

Heavy floods were reported in and around Bridgend in November, causing considerable damage to property.


  • 1858

Construction began of the Llynvi Valley Railway which largely followed the route of the tramroad to Porthcawl but followed a new line to its proposed new station at Bridgend.


  • 1866

The South Wales Railway Company was absorbed by the Great Western Railway.


  • 1866

The "Central Glamorgan   Gazette" commenced publication in Bridgend. Its first issue was dated Friday, 29th June, 1866 and its full banner title was "The Central Glamorgan Gazette and General, Commercial and Agricultural Advertiser".


  • 1869

The Bridgend Gas and Water Act was passed. The Bridgend Gas and Water Company was incorporated soon after and took over responsibility for these services from the privately owned gas company and the rather primitive water supply facilities of the Local Board.


  • 1877

Severe floods on the 12th August caused great damage in Bridgend. A wooden bridge was washed away and the water was said to be six feet deep in the Wyndham Arms Hotel.

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