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Kenfig - The Complete History
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Identified by The National Library of Wales Kenfig - The Complete History
A Welsh Documentary Heritage Website
Identified by The National Library of Wales

Community Section - Community Life around the Kenfig area

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Documenting the entire history of the old kenfig borough / old bro cynffig

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Kenfig - The Complete History (e-Resource)

Community Life around Kenfig

The Kenfig Community
Learn about community life in and around the Kenfig area - transport, religion, education, choirs, commerce, agriculture, social groups, chairy events and crime & punishment.
Mining, Quarrying, the Industrial Revolution, the construction of the M4 motorway, housing and the building of Porthcawl docks and town.

About this Section Local Community Group

This website project serves the immediate communities of Kenfig, Maudlam, North & South Cornelly, Pyle, Kenfig Hill, Cefn Cribbwr, Stormy Down and Margam Village.
The ajoining communities of Porthcawl and Bridgend together with Port Talbot are also supported due to their close proximity, historical connections and due to this information being made available to all through the medium of the Internet.

Why this website incorporates the above areas?

In medieval times Kenfig was awarded the status of a Borough. The Kenfig Borough or Old Bro Cynffig included old Kenfig, modern Kenfig, Maudlam (Mawdlam), much of North Cornelly, Marlas, Pyle and some of Kenfig Hill.

Transport - Pyle Railway Station

Transport - History of local Railways

Collieries - Local Coal Mines

Collieries - History of Local Coal Mines

Religion - History of local Chruches & Chapels

Religion - History of Local Churches & Chapels

Crimes & Punishment around Kenfig

Reported crime in the Kenfig district would appear fairly rare prior to the introduction of a Professional Police Force in 1841.
Crimes in the Kenfig locality prior to this date are listed within this section.

Pictorial History

Pictorial History Pictorial History

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GENUKI - UK & Ireland website listed under Glamorgan / Towns & Parishes / Pyle & Kenfig / History

History around the Area

Local villages & towns

Learn the history of the local community around Kenfig


Local Churches & Chapels



Schooling in the Kenfig area

Leases, Wills and other legal documents were being signed by local inhabitants as far back as the mid 17th century;

Sports & Pastimes

A-Z of sports & pastimes

This section also contains the Kenfig Sporting Hall of Fame

Famous People

Famous & notorious people


Local Geneaology

Trace your Family Tree

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Community Life


Local Roads

The A48 Roman Road - Julia Maritima
The A48 Modern Times
The M4 Motorway (Stormy Down - Margam)



Dyffryn Llynfi - Porthcawl Tramway
Porthcawl Railway Station
Pyle Railway Station
Nottage Halt
Margam Railway Sidings
Local Signal Boxes


Bus Services

Express Motors
Bevington Motors

Pyle Welfare

The history of Pyle Welfare

History of Pyle Welfare
Now incorporating Pyle Life Centre, the history of the Pyle Welfare... coming soon.

Sports & Pastimes

Bando or Bandy

Learn more about Bando...
During the 18th & 19th centuries the game of Bando was played with curved ash sticks and balls of stuffed leather on the Kenfig sands between the river mouth and Sker rocks.
Bando was popular in Glamorgan and was similar to the modern game of hockey where the teams used clubs to strike the ball towards a goal.

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Acknowledgements ||


(1) Bridgend County Borough Council Library & Information Services
(2) Bridgend County Borough Council
(3) Kenfig History Society
(4) Porthcawl Museum & Historical Society

Webpage Author

(1) Mr Rob Bowen - Local Community Group, 2010.
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