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Newcastle, Bridgend

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St Illtyd's parish church
St Illtyd's parish church

Newcastle is an area and electoral ward of the town of Bridgend, Wales. The area includes the medieval Newcastle Castle. The ward elects councillors to Bridgend Town Council and Bridgend County Borough Council.

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Description

Newcastle is located immediately west of Bridgend town centre and either side of Park Street. The area includes Bridgend County Borough Council headquarters next to the River Ogmore.

On Newcastle Hill overlooking the town is Newcastle's parish church, St Illtyds, which is a Grade II* listed building originating in the 14th-century.[1] The remains of Newcastle Castle are also at the top of Newcastle Hill, believed to date from 1106.

The area also includes Bridgend's rugby union stadium, the Brewery Field.

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River Ogmore

River Ogmore

The River Ogmore is a river in South Wales that is popular with anglers. It runs generally from north to south from the Ogmore Vale and Gilfach Goch, past Bridgend and Ogmore. The River Ogmore rises at Craig Ogwr in the Ogmore Valley as the Ogwr Fawr before it links with the Ogwr Fach at Blackmill. The River Llynfi, the River Garw and finally the River Ewenny in its estuary are all tributaries of the Ogmore which flows into the sea between Ogmore-by-Sea and the Merthyr Mawr sand-dunes.

Listed building

Listed building

In the United Kingdom, a listed building, or listed structure, is one that has been placed on one of the four statutory lists maintained by Historic England in England, Historic Environment Scotland in Scotland, Cadw in Wales, and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in Northern Ireland.

Rugby union

Rugby union

Rugby union, commonly known simply as rugby, is a close-contact team sport that originated at Rugby School in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is played between two teams of 15 players each, using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field called a pitch. The field has H-shaped goalposts at both ends.

Brewery Field

Brewery Field

Dunraven Brewery Field is an 8,000 capacity sports stadium in Bridgend, Wales. It is the home ground of the rugby union team Bridgend Ravens. Bridgend Athletic RFC often use the ground for their home matches, as well as the Ospreys who sometimes play at the ground, including their age grade teams.

Electoral ward

The Newcastle electoral ward is bounded by the River Ogmore to the east, Heol-y-Bardd in the south, St Illtyd's Road and Swn Cloch yr Eglwys to the north. As well as the Newcastle area it includes Brynhyfryd, Ystrad Fawr and Bryntirion Hill.[2]

According to the 2011 UK Census the population of the ward was 5,421 (with 4,415 aged 18 or over).[3]

Newcastle is one of three wards to Bridgend Town Council, electing up to seven of the nineteen town councillors.[4]

Newcastle was also a county ward to Bridgend County Borough Council, electing two county councillors.[5] Prior to 1996, Newcastle was a ward to Mid Glamorgan County Council and Ogwr Borough Council.

A review of the electoral wards of the county borough was launched in January 2019, including the proposal that the Newcastle ward and the neighbouring Morfa ward be merged to form a new three-councillor ward of Bridgend Central.[6] This took effect from the 2022 local elections.

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River Ogmore

River Ogmore

The River Ogmore is a river in South Wales that is popular with anglers. It runs generally from north to south from the Ogmore Vale and Gilfach Goch, past Bridgend and Ogmore. The River Ogmore rises at Craig Ogwr in the Ogmore Valley as the Ogwr Fawr before it links with the Ogwr Fach at Blackmill. The River Llynfi, the River Garw and finally the River Ewenny in its estuary are all tributaries of the Ogmore which flows into the sea between Ogmore-by-Sea and the Merthyr Mawr sand-dunes.

Mid Glamorgan County Council

Mid Glamorgan County Council

Mid Glamorgan County Council was the upper-tier authority for the Welsh county of Mid Glamorgan between its creation in 1974 and its abolition in 1996.

Ogwr Borough Council

Ogwr Borough Council

Ogwr Borough Council was a district local authority for the Borough of Ogwr, in the Bridgend area of Mid Glamorgan, Wales. The council was a second-tier local authority to Mid Glamorgan County Council. Ogwr Borough Council was created in 1974 and dissolved in 1996.

Morfa, Bridgend

Morfa, Bridgend

Morfa is an electoral ward in the town of Bridgend, Wales. The ward elects councillors to Bridgend Town Council and, until 2022, Bridgend County Borough Council.

Bridgend Central

Bridgend Central

Bridgend Central is the name of an electoral ward in Bridgend County Borough, Wales. It covers part of the county town of Bridgend. The ward elects three councillors to Bridgend County Borough Council.

2022 Welsh local elections

2022 Welsh local elections

The 2022 Welsh local elections took place on 5 May 2022 to elect members of all twenty-two local authorities in Wales. They were held alongside other local elections in the United Kingdom. The previous elections were held in 2017.

Source: "Newcastle, Bridgend", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newcastle,_Bridgend.

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References
  1. ^ "Church of St Illtyd - A Grade II* Listed Building in Bridgend". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Election maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Newcastle - Key Stats / Age structure". UK Census Data. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Wards and Councillors". Bridgend Town Council. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Bridgend County Borough Council Election Results 1995-2012" (PDF). The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Consultation on changes to BCBC electoral wards". Glamorgan Gem. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.

Coordinates: 51°30′29″N 3°35′06″W / 51.508°N 3.585°W / 51.508; -3.585

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