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Nolton Street, Bridgend
Nolton Street, Bridgend

Oldcastle is located immediately south of Bridgend town centre. The area is bordered to the west by the River Ogmore. Oldcastle originally spread along Nolton Street and Cowbridge Road (and was also known as Nolton).[1]

The Oldcastle name is believed to refer to Nolton Castle (rather than the nearby Newcastle Castle), whose remains were recorded in the 16th-century on the southeast of a bend in the River Ogmore.[2] With the 'new' castle dating from at least 1106, the 'old' castle is presumed to have been in existence before 1100 and would have been an earth and timber structure.[3]

The modern area also includes the Bridgend campus of Bridgend College.

Electoral ward

The Oldcastle electoral ward extends south to include the areas of Whiterock and Hernston. The ward is bounded by the River Ewenny (and the Vale of Glamorgan) to the south, The Rhiw, Brackla Street and Pen-y-Banc in the north, coterminous with the boundaries of Bridgend town to the east and west.[4] According to the 2011 UK Census the population of the ward was 4,799 (with 3,930 aged 18 or over).[5]

Oldcastle is one of three wards to Bridgend Town Council (with Morfa and Newcastle), electing up to six of the nineteen Bridgend town councillors.[6]

Prior to 1996 Oldcastle was a ward to Ogwr Borough Council, electing two (Conservative) councillors.

Oldcastle is also a county ward to Bridgend County Borough Council, electing two county councillors.[7] Since the 1995 elections the ward has generally been represented by the Labour Party, though had Liberal Democrat representation between 2004 and 2012.[7] In February 2015 the Oldcastle (Labour) councillors were two of six councillors suspended from the council for voting against a merger proposal with the Vale of Glamorgan Council.[8]

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Vale of Glamorgan

Vale of Glamorgan

The Vale of Glamorgan, often referred to as The Vale, is a county borough in the south-east of Wales. It borders Bridgend County Borough to the west, Cardiff to the east, Rhondda Cynon Taf to the north, and the Bristol Channel to the south. With an economy based largely on agriculture and chemicals, it is the southernmost unitary authority in Wales. Attractions include Barry Island Pleasure Park, the Barry Tourist Railway, Medieval wall paintings in St Cadoc's Church, Llancarfan, Porthkerry Park, St Donat's Castle, Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and Cosmeston Medieval Village. The largest town is Barry. Other towns include Penarth, Llantwit Major, and Cowbridge. There are many villages in the county borough.

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.

Newcastle, Bridgend

Newcastle, Bridgend

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.

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.

Bridgend County Borough Council

Bridgend County Borough Council

Bridgend County Borough Council is the governing body for Bridgend County Borough, one of the Principal Areas of Wales.

1995 Bridgend County Borough Council election

1995 Bridgend County Borough Council election

The first election to the Bridgend County Borough Council was held on 4 May 1995. It was followed by the 1999 election. On the same day there were elections to the other 21 local authorities in Wales and community councils in Wales.

Labour Party (UK)

Labour Party (UK)

The Labour Party is a political party in the United Kingdom that has been described as an alliance of social democrats, democratic socialists and trade unionists. The Labour Party sits on the centre-left of the political spectrum. In all general elections since 1922, Labour has been either the governing party or the Official Opposition. There have been six Labour prime ministers and thirteen Labour ministries. The party holds the annual Labour Party Conference, at which party policy is formulated.

Liberal Democrats (UK)

Liberal Democrats (UK)

The Liberal Democrats are a liberal political party in the United Kingdom. Since the 1992 general election, with the exception of the 2015 general election, they have been the third-largest UK political party by the number of votes cast. They have 14 Members of Parliament in the House of Commons, 83 members of the House of Lords, four Members of the Scottish Parliament and one member in the Welsh Senedd. The party has over 2,500 local council seats. The party holds a twice-per-year Liberal Democrat Conference, at which party policy is formulated, with all party members eligible to vote, under a one member, one vote system. The party served as the junior party in a coalition government with the Conservative Party between 2010 and 2015; with Scottish Labour in the Scottish Executive from 1999 to 2007, and with Welsh Labour in the Welsh Government from 2000 to 2003 and from 2016 to 2021.

Vale of Glamorgan Council

Vale of Glamorgan Council

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is the governing body for the Vale of Glamorgan, one of the Principal Areas of Wales. It was run by the Conservative Party after the 2008 United Kingdom local elections, taking over the council from no overall control. Following the 2012 elections, it reverted to no overall control, and remained as such following the 2017 and 2022 elections.

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

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References
  1. ^ "Oldcastle, Glamorgan". A Vision of Britain Through Time. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Oldcastle, Nolton, Suggested Castle Site (401432)". Coflein. RCAHMW. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Oldcastle Bridgend". Gatehouse Gazetteer. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Election maps". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Oldcastle - Key Stats / Age structure". UK Census Data. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Wards and Councillors". Bridgend Town Council. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Bridgend County Borough Council Election Results 1995-2012" (PDF). The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  8. ^ Abby Boulter (19 February 2015). "Labour suspends six Bridgend councillors for not supporting failed merger bid with Vale of Glamorgan". Wales Online. Retrieved 4 April 2019.

Coordinates: 51°30′11″N 3°34′30″W / 51.503°N 3.575°W / 51.503; -3.575

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