News & Website Updates

14 September - Tide Timetables
The Coast: Porthcawl Tide Timetables 2014 updated details for October.
Tide Timetables 2014
19 August - Tide Timetables
The Coast: Porthcawl Tide Timetables 2014 updated details for September.
Tide Timetables 2014
16 July - Tide Timetables
The Coast: Porthcawl Tide Timetables 2014 updated details for August.
Tide Timetables 2014
24 June - Tide Timetables
The Coast: Porthcawl Tide Timetables 2014 updated details for July.
Tide Timetables 2014
01 June - Tide Timetables
The Coast: Porthcawl Tide Timetables 2014 updated details for June.
Tide Timetables 2014
08 April - Tide Timetables
The Coast: Porthcawl Tide Timetables 2014 updated details for May.
Tide Timetables 2014
05 Feb - Tide Timetables
The Coast: Porthcawl Tide Timetables 2014 updated details for March.
Tide Timetables 2014
17 December 2013 - Local Shipwrecks
On this day in 1753 (260 years ago), the French Merchantman Le Vainqueur struck Sker Rocks - the captain & 1st mate (brothers) died - 8 survived. The cargo was plundered by local people, 17 were arrested & many cited Issac Williams of Sker House (Maid of Sker's father) as having a hand in plundering the wreck. Of those arrested 1 person was hanged for the offenses.
More on this story... Le Vainqueur - 1753 Sker Rocks
More ... The Coast
04 December 2013 - Saint Philip Evans (1645-1679)
ON THIS DAY - 04 December 1678
On this day in 1678 (335 years ago), Father Philip Evans, a Roman Catholic priest was arrested at Sker House in the hysteria of the Titus Oates plot to kill King Charles II. Father Evans was executed in Cardiff in 1679. He was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1970 as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.
More on this story... St Philip Evans
More ... Sker House
02 December 2013
The First World War around Kenfig
As the world marks the centenary of the outbreak of WWI this website is creating a special online resource on the First World War & how it affected Kenfig & surrounding areas... this will be included in the War Years Section
We are beginning our quest with the poignant story of a Kenfig Hill man who sacrificed his life for us all, he was only 21 when he died on the battlefields of the Somme.
The First World War around Kenfig
20 November 2013
Photo Journal
Photo journal of Porthcawl Marina Project - Photographic record of progress of 21st century works. contains EXCLUSIVE images by ODPDS Professional Photography from BAM Nutall Contractors allowing us site access to take documentary photos.
Photo Journal - Porthcawl Marina Project
20 November 2013
Photo Gallery
Photo gallery of HRH Prince of Wales visit to The Prince of Wales Inn in Kenfig during July 2013
Photo Gallery - Prince of Wales Inn, Kenfig
20 November 2013
Photo Journal
Photo journal of Kenfig National Nature Reserve & Kenfig Pool through the years
Kenfig NNR & Pool Photo Journal
29 October 2013
Archaeological Dig at Kenfig
Latest update: Archaeologists have found the remains of an Iron Age hill fort in Bridgend county. The discovery at Maudlam village near Kenfig was made during filming for S4C programme Archaeoleg.
Read more... BBC News South East Wales
More on this story... Archaeological Dig Oct 2013
25 October 2013
Archaeological Dig at Kenfig
During the past week (Mon 21 - Fri 25 October 2013) an archaeological dig has been ongoing at Kenfig searching for remains that could pre-date the lost Norman town and/or city of Kenfig by centuries.
A Welsh tevelvision production company, Trisgell is producing a 6-part history series to be shown on S4C in 2014 were invited by the Kenfig Corporation Trust
More on this story... Archaeological Dig Oct 2013
17 October 2013
Inustrial Revolution - Bedford Ironworks
John Bedford, Ironmaster (c.1720-1791) was born in the Midlands in the early 1770s & had an ambition to make the area known as 'Waun Cimla' the centre of an industrial empire. He built an ironworks, brickworks, collieries/mines & a grand house overlooking his realm. Bedford Road, Cefn Cribbwr & the Iron Works are named after him. The ironworks were abandoned during the mid 19th century & fell into decay. They have been restored with the site being a Scheduled Ancient Monument of National Importance.
More on this story... Bedford Ironworks
22 Agust 2013
Channel 4 Time Team at Kenfig
Official Report on findings at Kenfig dig now online courtesy of Wessex Archaeology. We have embedded this into the Kenfig website
More on this story... Time Team at Kenfig
22 July 2013
Kenfig Heritage - Church News
This day, 22 July is the Feast Day of St Mary Magdalen to which Maudlam Church is dedicated.
More on this story... Maudlam Church
22 July 2013
Kenfig Heritage - Saint Philip Evans (1645-1679)
On this day 22 July in 1679 (334 years ago), Father Philip Evans, a Roman Catholic priest was sentenced to death in Cardiff under the hysteria of the Titus Oates plot to kill King Charles II. Father Evans was arrested at Sker House on 4 December 1678. He was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1970 as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.
More on this story... St Philip Evans
More ... Sker House
15 July 2013 - Community Life: Medicine & Illness
The Summer of 1849 saw Cholera remerge after a 17 year absence with 57 deaths around Pyle, Tythegston & Kenfig Hill. Learn more... Cholera - Wikipedia
Kenfig - The Complete History (e-Resource)
19 June 2013 - IMPORTANT NOTICE
KENFIG NNR - PLEASE READ
The Kenfig.org website is documenting the history of the Kenfig area; we have a section on Kenfig National Nature Reserve on our site HOWEVER - our website is NOT the Official website for the reserve.
PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL THE KENFIG.ORG WEBSITE WITH QUERIES RELATING TO AND/OR ASSOCIATED WITH KENFIG NNR... !!!
WE ARE NOT IN A POSITION TO REPLY TO ANY EMAILS - PLEASE CONTACT THE RESERVE DIRECTLY....
THE ABOVE MESSAGE IS CLEARLY VISIBLE ON OUR KENFIG NNR WEB PAGE - IF PEOPLE CAN BE BOTHERED TO READ IT ??
Contact details for Kenfig NNR are also on this webpage - Kenfig.org Web Management Team.
Kenfig National Nature Reserve
04 June 2013 - The War Years
As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of 617 Squadron RAF Dambusters raid on Germany - least shall we forget those brave & heroic airmen who carried out operation 'Chastise' during WWII.
Learn about RAF Stormy Down Air Gunnery School's association with 617 RAF Dambusters
617 Sqdn RAF Dambusters
03 June 2013 - Tide Timetables (Porthcawl) 2013
Tide Timetables updated - July, full month.
Tide Timetables - Porthcawl 2013
31 May 2013 - Historical Fact
On this day, 31 May 1817 (196 years ago) a Bandy or Bando match was played on Kenfig Sands between Newton-Nottage & Margam (about 3000 people watched the match whcih lasted for 4 hrs - the game was won by Margam). Bando was a crude form of hockey which used curved ash sticks or bandies that were used to strike a ball; the game had organised rules including an agreed number of players, a fixed area of play & teams differentiated by coloured jerseys - it was played on Margam Sands between Kenfig River mouth & Sker Rocks, the pitch covering a distance of approx. 2 miles.
Learn more about Bando...
24 May 2013 - Historical Fact
On this day, 24 May 1850 (163 years ago) the final entry to the Kenfig Borough Minute Books was made. This appears to deal with the safe custody of the borough seal & the keys to the safe. Kenfig was dissolved as a Borough on 25 March 1886 under the Municipal Corporations Act 1883.
The Charity Commissioners set up the Kenfig Corporation Trust which consisted of a committee of 12 people. These were 4 burgesses, 4 others from the Rural Sanitary Authority, Bridgend and 4 from the Margam Local Board. They were responsible for the administration of the corporation & the adoption of the scheme of adjustment of powers.
The Kenfig Corporation Trust
23 May 2013 - Channel 4 Time Team at Kenfig
Latest News: The full programme on Kenfig is now available to view online via Youtube.
Channel 4 Time Team - Kenfig (Secrets of the Dunes)
Time Team at Kenfig - www.kenfig.org.uk
11 May 2013 - Historical Fact
ON THIS DAY - 11 May 1668 (345 years ago) the British Politician, Thomas Herbert, the 8th Earl of Pembroke & 5th Earl of Montgomery (1656-1733) sold the manor of Kenfig to the Welsh Politician, Sir Edward Mansel, 4th Baronet (1637-1706) for £525 - Sir Edward Mansel was elected a Member of Parliament in 1660 and sat in House of Lords between 1660 & 1689.
The Margam Estate
09 May 2013 - Tide Timetables (Porthcawl) 2013
Tide Timetables updated - June, full month.
Tide Timetables - Porthcawl 2013
23 April 2013 - Local Maritime Disaster
ON THIS DAY - 23 April 1947 (66 years ago) -- One of the worst maritime disasters in living memory along the South Wales coastline happened. The Samtampa cargo ship with all 39 crew along with all 8 Lifeboatmen of Edward Prince of Wales Lifeboat from Mumbles perished on the rocks at Sker in attrocious weather conditions. The Samtampa was broken into 3 parts - the Mumbles Lifeboat found smashed and upside down on the rocks.
Samtampa/Edward Prince of Wales Lifeboat Tragedy
15 March 2013 - History of Education around Kenfig
Throughout Kenfig & surrounding areas, leases, wills and other legal documents were being signed by local inhabitants as far back as the mid 17th century – furthermore, these signatures were not only from particularly well-to-do families that had been sent away to be educated, but from the local peoples of the area as well. In a deed dated 1659 relating to a house called Ty Mawr – now known as Haregrove farmhouse, there was mention of a room called “The Skoole”.
The History of Education around Kenfig
Coming soon to www.kenfig.org.uk
08 March 2013 - This is Your Heritage 2013
Learn all about Kenfig Times at ‘This is Your heritage 2013' Conference on Saturday 06 April at Pencoed Campus, Bridgend College between 09:30am & 13:30pm — FREE ENTRY
Provided by Bridgend REACH (Bridgend Heritage Network - www.bridgendsheritage.co.uk)
Come along to this Free event & learn all about Kenfig's Rich & Colourful History
Kenfig.org Web Management Team
06 March 2013 - Tide Timetables (Porthcawl) 2013
Tide Timetables updated - April, full month.
Tide Timetables - Porthcawl 2013
03 March 2013 - It's Our Birthday
We are 10 Years Old Today
On this day 03 March 2003 the domain name www.kenfig.org.uk was registered & our humble beginnings as an online resource on Kenfig's rich & colourful history began. Little did we know then that 10 years down the road our website project would have gained government recognition, generate so many visitors & be listed as an online educational resource that is can be used by the Academic world at large.
We have come a long way in 10 years, have encountered lots of problems including that of local politics & opposition from some (especially from within our own community), BUT, we have kept going... & will continue to provide our overall aims in providing a world class online educational resource that will aide both the nations heritage & educational needs in Wales for the 21st century & beyond.
We have a few surprises in store for everyone this year including the launch of our new website.
We look forward to the continued support of the immediate communities throughout the Kenfig & surrounding areas & from those elsewhere around the world & invite you to celebrate in our 10 Years of Kenfig's Rich & Colourful History online that you can all enjoy and learn from.
Rob Bowen, Chair/Author/Webmaster, Kenfig - The Complete History (e-Resource)
Biography - Rob Bowen How it all Started
28 February 2013 - Historical Fact
ON THIS DAY - 28 February 1537
On this day in 1537 (476 years ago) Margam Abbey was surrendered to King Henry VIII under the Dissolution of the Monastries Act. Margam Abbey was founded c.1147 by Robert the Earl of Gloucester & was the 1st abbey to fall under this act in England, Wales & Ireland by the King.
Margam Abbey surrendered to King Henry VIII
Dissolution of the Monastries - Wikipedia
27 February 2013 - History of Porthcawl Docks
As early as 1818 the provision of providing an outlet to the sea for industries being developed in the Llynfi Valley & the Cefn Cribbwr areas had materialised. Porthcawl Docks grew up around the development of the railway network set up to transport coal, iron & other minerals in the early to mid 19th century - originally a horse-drawn tramroad which developed into a standard-gauge railway line which opened in 1865. This section is on-going & will be continually developed... especially with a pictorial history of current developments at Porthcawl Harbour in 2013.
History of Porthcawl Docks
19 February 2013 - Local Shipwrecks
On this day (19 Feb 1739) the sloop named MARY came to grief at the mouth of the River Kenfig.
Details:
The Sloop Mary entered the channel with a cargo of wine for Bristol from Tenerife.
Although given a fix on their position by a schooner as they entered the Bristol Channel, the crew somehow lost their bearings & were roused during the night by the mate to find themselves being blown onto the beach near the mouth of Kenfig River.
They attempted to try and tack the craft away from the shore but the wind bore them steadily towards the breakers. In panic, one of the crew jumped overboard and drowned. The master and remaining men attempted to reduce the effect of the wind on the vessel by cutting away the mast.
The hull was breached, the deck disintergrated and was washed away. The Master, John Davies and his 4 remaining crew managed to cling to the wreckage until about 8 o'clock in the morning when the Mate, Joseph Kent was washed away. The remainder floated ashore on pieces of wreckage, the mates body was later recovered and interred at Maudlam churchyard.
The Coast - Shipwrecks from 1583
11 February 2013 - Remembered 4 Years on
Fatal RAF mid-air crash at Kenfig
RIP Flight Lieutenant Andy Marsh, Flying Officer Hylton Price and cadets Nikkita Walters & Katie-Jo Davies in tragic RAF mid-air crash at Kenfig on 11 February 2009.
Remembered - Fatal mid-air crash at Kenfig
07 February 2013 - Tide Timetables (Porthcawl) 2013
Tide Timetables updated - March, full month.
Tide Timetables - Porthcawl 2013
02 February 2013 - WEBSITE FEEDBACK
January 2013
The kenfig.org website attracted nearly half a million (469,472) visitors throughout January 2013 & was visited from numerous countries around the world to include: US, UK, China, Germany, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, France, New Zealand (Aotearoa), Russsian Federation, Malaysia, India, Poland, Japan, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Mexico, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Brazil, Finland, Israel & Romania to mention a few.
The site has been heavily used by the academic fraternity from local schools, colleges & universities. We will be adding more content to the site through Feb & are busy re-designing a new version of the website (based upon its present site format) which will be launched sometime this year. It's all go folks, Kenfig has had a lot of publicity this year so far what with BBC 1 Countryfile & Pub is the Hub/REACH project at the Prince of Wales Inn together with this website - many thanks for viewing & supporting this project.
Kenfig.org Web Management Team
30 January 2013 - KENFIG THROUGH THE AGES
17TH CENTURY KENFIG
30 January 1607 - Was a Tsunami in Bristol Channel responsible for flooding & loss of life on this date during a great storm at Kenfig? Kenfig during Civil War Years (1642), The 1660 Survey, Cottage Industry/Local People, Local Fashions, Beginning of Margam Estate (1668), Manoral Courts & Court records at Kenfig.
Kenfig through the Ages - 17th Century
30 January 2013 - Historical Fact
ON THIS DAY - 30 January 1607
On this day in 1607 (406 years ago) there was a great storm and many people lost their lives in the county when lowland areas became flooded. Experts now believe this was caused by a Tsunami in the Bristol Channel and not a storm or high tides.
Was there a Tsunami in the Bristol Channel in 1607?
19 January 2013 - Prince of Wales Inn, Kenfig
‘Game of Thrones’ & ‘Midsomer Murders’ actor, Owen Teale, launched the first pub heritage project of its kind at the Prince of Wales, Kenfig.
Visitors are able to watch the films via a web-based APP available at a special perspex kiosk which surrounds a digital touch screen. Learn more...
Pub heritage project - Prince of Wales Inn
07 January 2013 - Tide Timetables (Porthcawl) 2013
Tide Timetables updated - February, full month.
Tide Timetables - Porthcawl 2013
06 January 2013 - Inside Margam Castle
Interactive Photo Section
This impressive mansion house was built by Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot (1803-1890). Margam Castle was completed by 1836 with the interior decoration beginning with the gothic style being continued in the entrance & staircase halls. The staircase hall was flagged & fitted with fleur-de-lys and ribband carpet in pink on a rich brown.
Later, gothic seats were installed around the edge of the staircase hall each carved with monograms of CRM Talbot. The library, drawing and dining rooms were sumptuously decorated.
Gold leaf, carved marble, fine furniture, French rococo panelling, crystal chandeliers, Chinese lacquer porcelain vases, paintings by Rubens and screens, Canaletto all completed the opulent furnishing of the rooms.
Inside Margam Castle - Interactive Photo Section
History of Margam Castle (built 1830-1840)
01 January 2013 - Happy New Year
Happy New Year Everyone / Blwyddyn newydd dda pawb from the Kenfig Heritage website Project - the only world class online specialist in-depth educational resource on Kenfig's rich & colourful history.
www.kenfig.org.uk (Eng) & www.cynffig.org.uk (Welsh)
28 December 2012 - Local Shipwrecks
ON THIS DAY - 28 December 1781 (231 years ago), the vessel CATERINA was wrecked at Sker Point. Hundreds of local people converged on the wreck which was put under guard - a pitch battle broke out & 3 were killed. The plunderers were caught & jailed, one of these John Webb was later hanged.
More on this story... CATERINA - 1781 Sker Point
More ... The Coast
LATEST NEWS - 19 December 2012
Another milestone with the Kenfig heritage website project - we have tripled our viewing figures this year & have attracted over 6 million online viewers to www.kenfig.org.uk (that equates to an average of just over 500,000 viewers per month)
The website is now heavily used by local education networks throughout South Wales & around the World for its online specialist in-depth information on Kenfig's rich & colourful history.
Early 2013 will witness a brand new 'State of the Art' website being launched (based upon the existing site) alongside a host of other new & exciting educational features including a lot more original historical information, some of which will be specifically targeted towards local educational needs in helping with the teaching of the Curriculum Cymreig in local schools.
We aim to provide a world class online educational resource that will aide both the nations heritage & educational needs in Wales for the 21st century & beyond.
As a member of the Bridgend Heritage Network which was established in Feb 2012 following a heritage conference by the Bridgend History & Heritage Steering Group (Bridgend County Borough Council, REACH - Rural Development Programme), we also aim to be more proactive with this programme together with working closely with other like-minded organisations within this network to further develop access to our history/heritage throughout the Bridgend County & beyond.
Additionally, we will also be working closely with First Great Western Schools Rail Safety Initiative & associates to help promote a clear message to schools & the wider population on the innovative rail safety message being delivered through this widely promoted and government-backed Rail Safety programme which was launched in North Cornelly in July 2012.
We look forward to the continued support of the immediate communities throughout the Kenfig & surrounding areas and from those elsewhere around the world & wish you all a joyful festive season combined with a very happy new year.
Rob Bowen, Chair/Author/Webmaster, Kenfig - The Complete History (e-Resource)
17 December 2012 - Local Shipwrecks
ON THIS DAY - 17 December 1753
On this day in 1753 (259 years ago), the French Merchantman Le Vainqueur struck Sker Rocks - the captain & 1st mate (brothers) died - 8 survived. The cargo was plundered by local people, 17 were arrested & many cited Issac Williams of Sker House (Maid of Sker's father) as having a hand in plundering the wreck. Of those arrested 1 person was hanged for the offenses.
More on this story... Le Vainqueur - 1753 Sker Rocks
More ... The Coast
08 December 2012 - Tide Timetables
Tide Timetables for Porthcawl 2013 have been updated - January 2013, full month.
Tide Timetables - Porthcawl 2013
Tide Timetables - Porthcawl 2012
08 December 2012 - Local Shipwrecks
ON THIS DAY - 08 December 1808
On this day in 1808 (204 years ago), the vessel RICHARD was lost at Tusker Rock - Bound for the Ogmore River from Cardigan 3 of her 7 crew together with her cargo were saved, the vessel was lost.
More on this story... Richard - lost at Tusker Rock
More ... The Coast
04 December 2012 - Saint Philip Evans (1645-1679)
ON THIS DAY - 04 December 1678
On this day in 1678 (334 years ago), Father Philip Evans, a Roman Catholic priest was arrested at Sker House in the hysteria of the Titus Oates plot to kill King Charles II. Father Evans was executed in Cardiff in 1679. He was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1970 as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.
More on this story... St Philip Evans
More ... Sker House
07 November 2012 - History of Ewenny Priory
History - A Confirmatory Charter of gifts made to Ewenny Priory by the Robert, Earl of Gloucester gave the priory 21 acres of arable land ajoining the town of Kenfig & also a burgage lying on the Black River outside the gate of the said town.
Learn the history of Ewenny Priory, Ewenny Church & its association with Kenfig. From Celtic Christian Origins, the founding of the Priory, Life at the Priory, its fortification & its later histories. Coming soon an online tour of Ewenny Priory Church.
History - Ewenny Priory
31 October 2012 - Tales from the Crypt
Folklore - A small selection of tales of ghost stories and folklore from around Kenfig area, a Halloween Special.
Tales from the Crypt - Halloween Special
21 October 2012 - Bridgend's Heritage
Kenfig.org Local Community Group is pleased to announce that the Kenfig.org website is part of The Bridgend Heritage Network which was established in February 2012 following a heritage conference that was organised by the Bridgend History & Heritage Steering Group (Bridgend County Borough Council - REACH)
The Bridgend's Heritage project aims to capture rural Bridgend's history & heritage via digital stories, audio recordings, poems & pictures. Using differnt historic themes its aims are to bring communties togther to share the stories & experiences.
REACH Bridgend Rural Development Programme
Bridgend's Heritage website
08 August 2012 - Historical Fact
ON THIS DAY - 08 August 1932 (80 years ago) The Grand Pavilion Porthcawl was officially opened. Built on a piece of land known as 'Brogden's Field' by the Porthcawl Urban District Council & was the brainchild of Cllr Russell Mabley JP. Brief background history of the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl.
The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl
10 June 2012 - Historical Fact
ON THIS DAY - 10 June 1825 (187 years ago) the Duffryn Llynvi & Porthcawl Railway Act, 1825 received Royal Assent. As a direct result of this Act of Parliament, the construction of the tramroad and the improvement of the port of 'Pwll Cawll' was made. The Dyffryn Llynfi & Porthcawl Railway connected a new harbour built at Porthcawl with iron works that had sprung up further inland at Cefn Cribbwr, Aberkenfig and Maesteg.
Dyffryn Llynfi & Porthcawl Railway c.1825-1860
11 May 2012 - Historical Fact
ON THIS DAY - 11 May 1668 (344 years ago) the British Politician, Thomas Herbert, the 8th Earl of Pembroke & 5th Earl of Montgomery (1656-1733) sold the manor of Kenfig to the Welsh Politician, Sir Edward Mansel, 4th Baronet (1637-1706) for £525 - Sir Edward Mansel was elected a Member of Parliament in 1660 and sat in House of Lords between 1660 & 1689.
The Margam Estate
23 April 2012 - Local Maritime Disaster
ON THIS DAY - 23 April 1947 (65 years ago) 1 of the worst maritime disasters in living memory along the South Wales coastline happened. The Samtampa cargo ship with all 39 crew along with all 8 Lifeboatmen of Edward Prince of Wales Lifeboat from Mumbles perished on the rocks at Sker in attrocious weather conditions. The Samtampa was broken into 3 parts - the Mumbles Lifeboat found smashed and upside down on the rocks.
Samtampa/Edward Prince of Wales Lifeboat Tragedy
12 April 2012 - The Kenfig Community
Croes Y Ddadl (Cross of Dispute) - referred to in Thomas le Despenser's Charter to the Kenfig burgesses c.1397 where its called Taddulcrosse. Its location is near to Maudlam Cross & was originally used as a meeting place by local peoples at which differences & disputes could be settled.
In October 1843 over 500 angry local farmers & freeholders assembled at the cross to protest about the Toll gates set up in the area by the Bridgend Turnpike Trust.
Croes Y Ddadl (Cross of Dispute)
01 April 2012 - Website News
We are pleased to announce that our website came close to attracing 1 million (941363) visitors throughout March 2012 alone, this is a 1st for us with monthly viewing figures & should aide further expansion plans of our project. The site attracted nearly 300,000 (291678) visitors on Sunday 18 March when Channel 4 Time Team aired their programme about Kenfig on that day alone, again another 1st for us with daily viewing figures. The Kenfig.org website has attracted 3.5 million visitors during the past 12 mths.
Many thanks for your continued support with this project - there's a lot more information on Kenfig & surrounding areas coming soon.
The Kenfig Heritage Website Project
31 March 2012 - Local Archaeological Finds
A Roman coin was found near the Roman coastal road 'Julia Maritima' (Water Street) not far from Kenfig in 2011, the person who found the coin wishes to remain anonymous, however, the coin was verified for its authenticity by the National Museum of Wales.
Learn more about this Roman Coin...
Roman Coin found near Kenfig in 2011
29 March 2012 - Historical Fact
ON THIS DAY - 29 March 1542 (470 years ago) Richard Williams received land at Sker from King Henry VIII by letters patent.
The Kenfig Heritage Website Project
25 March 2012 - Historical Fact
ON THIS DAY - 25 March 1886 (126 years ago) Kenfig was dissolved as a Borough under the Municipal Corporations Act 1883.
The Kenfig Heritage Website Project
12 March 2012 - Seaside News Acknowledgement
The Kenfig.org Local Community Group responsible for this website would like to thank the editor of a local monthly magazine, namely the Seaside News for including an article on our project that was sublitted by ourselves for inclusion in this month's edition of the magazine, it's much appreciated.
Seaside News - March 2012
11 March 2012 - Time Team at Kenfig
Latest News: Confirmation of Channel 4 Time Team episode to be broadcast next Sunday 18 March 2012 at 4.40pm... see link below for further information.
Channel 4 Time Team - Secrets of the Dunes
06 March 2012 - Website Update
Industrial Revolution - Transport - Railways
The Dyffryn Llynfi & Porthcawl Railway c.1825-1860: brief background into history of this original horse-drawn network which covered a total distance of 16¾ miles from Maesteg to Porthcawl which serviced the iron & coal industries. Passenger traffic started c.1836 & track was converted to use by steam trains c.1861 - a section of the line remained operational between Porthcawl & Cefn Cribbwr Junction until the 1960's when it was closed as a result of the Beeching Act.
Dyffryn Llynfi & Porthcawl Railway c.1825-1860
05 March 2012 - Time Team News
Latest News: Time Team Kenfig episode will now be broadcast on Channel 4 on Sunday 18 March.
The Kenfig Heritage Website Project
01 March 2012 - Website News
The Kenfig Heritage Project website is pleased to announce that it attracted 413,751 visitors throughout the 29 days of February 2012. This is the 2nd month in a row where viewing figures have reached this level. Website statistics are obtained directly from the Server Logs of the professional hosting of this website.
The Kenfig Heritage Website Project
28 February 2012 - Historical Fact
ON THIS DAY - 28 February 1537
On this day in 1537 (475 years ago) Margam Abbey was surrendered to King Henry VIII under the Dissolution of the Monastries Act. Margam Abbey was founded c.1147 by Robert the Earl of Gloucester & was the 1st abbey to fall under this act in England, Wales & Ireland by the King.
Margam Abbey surrendered to King Henry VIII
Dissolution of the Monastries - Wikipedia
26 February 2012 - History General - Religion
Pisgah Chapel, Kenfig Hill (founded c.1836) - The 1st Chapel opened Christmas Day 1836, 2nd Christmas Day 1857 & the 3rd present day building on 30 April 1913. Early Baptists worshiped at Twyn Cottage, Water Street, Caegarw Farm & Pwllygath Barn, Kenfig Hill before the chapel(s) were built. A Famous visitor was Pastor Niemoller (former German U-Boat Commander in WWI).
This section contains an Interactive map of Pisgah Chapel graveyard & an alphabetical burials listing - this section will aide the search with local genealogy studies together with the Kenfig Heritage Website Project Family Tree section.
Pisgah Chapel, Kenfig Hill (founded c.1836)
Religion - Kenfig & surrounding Areas
23 February 2012 - Website Update
History General - Religion: Learn about the history of local Churches & Chapels & other religious centres together with Sunday Schools, Religious Events/Celebrations, Parish Records and more including Interactive Maps outlining burial plots at various locations, this section aims to help those tracing family tree information throughout the area.
History of Religion throughout the Kenfig & Surrounding Area
19 February 2012 - Historical Fact
ON THIS DAY - 19 February 1739
ON THIS DAY - 19 February 1739 (273 years ago) the sloop 'Mary of Tenerif' was wrecked on Kenfig Sands, she was carrying a cargo of wine from the Canary Islands to Bristol.
The Kenfig Heritage Website Project
13 February 2012 - The Cornelly Chronicles
Brief history of North & South Cornelly
Both North & South Cornelly are sub-manors of the ancient borough of Kenfig. A brief history of both locations together with some information about local roads & street names.
More Info... The Cornelly Chronicles
03 February 2012 - Sports & Pastimes
2012 OLYMPIC GAMES - LATEST NEWS
Table Tennis Ace from North Cornelly chosen for Paralympian Team - Paul Davies of North Cornelly is among 4 Welsh athletes chosen to take part in the Paralympic Games by the British Paralympic Association (BPA).
More Info... 2012 Olympic Games - Latest News
01 February 2012 - Website News
The Kenfig Heritage Project website is pleased to announce that it attracted around 400,000 visitors throughout January 2012 & will continue to grow as more information is added to the site.
Channel 4 Time Team was 1 of most searched for topics throughout January - the TV show outlining the findings of their archaeological dig held at Kenfig last August is to be aired on Sunday 11 March 2012.
More Info... Channel 4 Time Team at Kenfig
30 January 2012 - KENFIG THROUGH THE AGES
17TH CENTURY KENFIG
30 January 1607 - Was a Tsunami in Bristol Channel responsible for flooding & loss of life on this date during a great storm at Kenfig? Kenfig during Civil War Years (1642), The 1660 Survey, Cottage Industry/Local People, Local Fashions, Beginning of Margam Estate (1668), Manoral Courts & Court records at Kenfig.
Kenfig through the Ages - 17th Century
30 January 2012 - Historical Fact
ON THIS DAY - 30 January 1607
On this day in 1607 (405 years ago) there was a great storm and many people lost their lives in the county when lowland areas became flooded. (Experts now believe this was caused by a Tsunami in the Bristol Channel and not a storm or high tides.
Was there a Tsunami in the Bristol Channel in 1607?
27 January 2012 - Heritage Exhibition
Kenfig - The Complete History (e-Resource) was one of many exhibitors at a successful 'This is Your heritage...discover it today!' exhibition held at Bethlehem Church Life Centre, Cefn Cribwr on Saturday 21 January 2012. This event was promoted by Bridgend REACH (The Bridgend Rural Development Program, Bridgend County Borough Council).
Kenfig.org Local Community Group is pleased to announce its association with Bridgend REACH with its History & Heritage Steering Group which aims to help promote the history, heritage & tourism aspects of the Bridgend County together with the nation of Wales as a whole.
REACH Heritage Exhibition - Cefn Cribwr (21/01/2012)
18 January 2012 - Latest News
The Kenfig Heritage Project website apologies for any inconvenience caused due to the 24 hr blackout of Wikipedia. The Kenfig.org website uses the Wikipedia online encyclopedia regularly throughout its website where it cross-references information & links directly to Wikipedia for further reference purposes.
Wikipedia
Wikipedia blackout protest at US anti-piracy moves BBC News
16 January 2012 - Latest News
Channel 4 Time Team dates released
The Kenfig Heritage Project Website is pleased to announce the date that Channel 4 Time Team will be revealing the Secrets of the Dunes at Kenfig Castle: This will be on Sunday 11 March 2012.
This information has kindly been supplied by Cadw's Community Archaeologist via Twitter today.
Cadw Archaeology Twitter
Cadw Archaeology Cardiff Twitter
CADW Welsh Government
15 January 2012 - Website Update
Porthcawl Tide Timetables 2012
Lists local tide timetables for Porthcawl & a host of coastal information including Live Twitter feeds on RNLI & PorthcawlSurf School (Daily Surf Reports)
Porthcawl Tide Timetables 2012
13 January 2012 - Historical Fact
ON THIS DAY - 13 January 1167
On this day in 1167 (845 years ago), the town of Kenfig was burnt by the Welsh on the night of St Hilary the Bishop (Hilary of Poitiers c.300 - 368 AD - Roman Catholic Saint ...Feast Day 13th January)
According to folklore January 13th is reputed to be the coldest day of the year.
The Kenfig Heritage Website Project
09 January 2012 - Website Update
Folkore - The Cefn Riders & The Red Goblins
Gangs of men known as the Cefn Riders & the Red Goblins have become legendary figures in local folklore within the Kenfig & surrounding area.
The Cefn Riders & The Red Goblins
Folklore Section - The Kenfig Heritage Project
08 January 2012 - Website Update
Local Coal Mines throughout the Kenfig area. (Aberbaiden 1906-1959), (Bryndu 1834-1908), (Cribwr Fawr 1905-1935), (Mill Pit, Cefn c.1900-1913), (Morfa Colliery 1849-1913), (Newlands 1918-1968), (Parc Slip 1864-1892), (Pentre Slant 1908-1959), (Tytalwyn Drift 1948-1959)
Local Coal Mines throughout Kenfig area
02 January 2012 - Website News
The Kenfig Heritage Project website attracts over 300000 visitors during December 2011 - A new section on Sker House is coming soon...
The Kenfig Heritage Website Project
01 January 2012 - Community Section
The Kenfig Community - Cornelly, Maudlam & Kenfig
Kenfig Times - Echos from the Past
Old Shops of North Cornelly, Maudlam & Kenfig - an outline of local business in the community, most of which began in the early 1920's & were apart of local dwellings - includes bills from a local butchers from the years 1883 & 1938.
More on this story... Kenfig Times - Echos of the past
01 January 2012 - Welcome to the New Year
Happy New Year Everyone (Blwyddyn newydd dda pawb) from all at the Kenfig Heritage Project.
2012 is the Official Year when our project documenting the entire history of Kenfig & its surrounding area from Prehistory to the Present Day matures into the global marketplace in its own right.
The Kenfig Heritage Website Project
31 December 2011 - History Section
The Kenfig Community - Kenfig Hill
St John Ambulance Kenfig Hill Division started c.1909 when the first class was held at Kenfig Hill School for the purpose of rendering First Aid to the injured. Officially formed in 1912 the division remained operational until 1984 when it was wound up for practicable purposes
More on this story... St John Ambulance Kenfig Hill
30 December 2011 - Heritage Exhibition
Visit Kenfig heritage project @ Bridgend Heritage Exhibition Sat 21 Jan 2012 between 9.30-1.30pm at Bethlehem Life Centre Cefn Cribwr - Provided by Bridgend County Borough Council, REACH (Bridgend Rural Development Program)
The Kenfig Heritage Project Exhibition 2012
29 December 2011 - History Section
The Kenfig Community - Pyle / Pil
Llanfihangel Mill & Farm - 1 of the Granges of Margam Abbey which was fed via a sluce from a dam & waterfall upstream at the Collwyn. Mentioned in 1186 the mill was aquired by the Mansel Family after dissolution of Margam Abbey, the mill ceased operations in 1926. Learn of Ffynnon Collwyn Spring, a former healing well near the Kenfig River & an unusual story connected with the mill in 1833.
More on this story... Llanfihangel Mill & Farm
28 December 2011 - Local Shipwrecks
ON THIS DAY - 28 December 1781
On this day in 1781 (230 years ago), the vessel CATERINA was wrecked at Sker Point. Hundreds of local people converged on the wreck which was put under guard - a pitch battle broke out & 3 were killed. The plunderers were caught & jailed, one of these John Webb was later hanged.
More on this story... CATERINA - 1781 Sker Point
More ... The Coast
19 December 2011 - KENFIG THROUGH THE AGES
16TH CENTURY KENFIG
King Henry VIII & Kenfig, The Catholic Counter Reformation & Kenfig, King Philip of Spain & Margam, Important Dates, Life in 16th Century Kenfig (Tudor Period (1485-1603) / Elizabethan Era), Working in the area & the 1570 Kenfig Survey.
Kenfig through the Ages - 16th century
18 December 2011 - Seasons Greetings
The Kenfig heritage project throughout this Christmas will be adding lots of new information to it's website & looking forward to unveiling some new & exiting projects in the forthcoming New Year.
Visit our Free Exhibition at Bethlehem Life Centre, Cefn Cribwr on Sat 21 January 2012 from 9.30 - 1.30pm & learn how you can help with this project.
The Kenfig Heritage website is being archived through the National Library of Wales & is listed an online Educational resource that can be used by Schools to teach aspects of local history that forms a part of the Curriculum Cymreig.
Kenfig - The Complete History (e-Resource)
The Kenfig Heritage Project
17 December 2011 - Local Shipwrecks
ON THIS DAY - 17 December 1753
On this day in 1753 (258 years ago), the French Merchantman Le Vainqueur struck Sker Rocks - the captain & 1st mate (brothers) died - 8 survived. The cargo was plundered by local people, 17 were arrested & many cited Issac Williams of Sker House (Maid of Sker's father) as having a hand in plundering the wreck. Of those arrested 1 person was hanged for the offenses.
More on this story... Le Vainqueur - 1753 Sker Rocks
More ... The Coast
14 December 2011 - Website Update
St James' Church, Pyle (Parish of Pyle & Kenfig)
Known locally as 'The Upside-down Church' as it is reputed that when the sands threatened to engulf Kenfig, the old church of St James' in the town was dismantled stone by stone and re-built in 'reverse' at it's present location. The Church was built c.1471. Learn more about the church including a Live Church in Wales Twitter news feed.
St James' Church, Pyle (Parish of Pyle & Kenfig)
13 December 2011 - Local News
Regeneration Project - Kenfig Industrial Estate
£850,000 project improving access to Kenfig Industrial Estate begins in January 2012. This project increases the headroom of the Ty Du Bridge at Water Street by lowering level of the road thus allowing high-sided vehicles to pass under this bridge. This will reduce the number of lorries traversing through North Cornelly enroute to & from Kenfig Industrial Estate.
More on this story... Neath Port Talbot Council
10 December 2011 - Bridgend Heritage Exibition
Venue: Bethlehem Life Centre, Cefn Cribwr
Date: Sat 21 January 2012
Time: 9.30 - 1.30pm
Visit the Kenfig Heritage website project at the Bridgend Heritage Exibition provided by Bridgend County Borough Council REACH (Bridgend Rural Development Program)
Discover the hidden & complete history of the old Kenfig Borough & its surrounding neighbouring villages from prehistory to the present day. The Kenfig heritage website project is a community-based project that encourages the local community to take part in its all development from donating old photos & documents to providing personal accounts of a bygone age.
Learn how Internet technology is transforming the Education of your children - Please feel free to donate any information you may have to this project; We will be on-hand to advise how to go about this on the day.
The Kenfig heritage website is part sponsored by the Welsh Assembly Government/Bridgend County Borough Council & is being archived for posterity by the National Library of Wales. It is also an online Educational resource that can be used by Schools to teach aspects of local history that forms a part of the Curriculum Cymreig. All Welcome.
More on this story... Heritage Exhibition
Bridgend REACH
08 December 2011 - Local Shipwrecks
ON THIS DAY - 08 December 1808
On this day in 1808 (203 years ago), the vessel RICHARD was lost at Tusker Rock - Bound for the Ogmore River from Cardigan 3 of her 7 crew together with her cargo were saved, the vessel was lost.
More on this story... Richard - lost at Tusker Rock
More ... The Coast
04 December 2011 - Saint Philip Evans (1645-1679)
ON THIS DAY - 04 December 1678
On this day in 1678 (333 years ago), Father Philip Evans, a Roman Catholic priest was arrested at Sker House in the hysteria of the Titus Oates plot to kill King Charles II. Father Evans was executed in Cardiff in 1679. He was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1970 as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.
More on this story... St Philip Evans
More ... Sker House
03 December 2011 - Website Update
St James' Church, Kenfig
Built c.1147-1154 by the Normans & endowed to Tewkesbury Abbey, St James' Church was located close to Kenfig Castle in the medieval town of Kenfig. It is believed that St James' Church at Kenfig was removed stone by stone & rebuilt at Pyle being renamed St James' at that location in the 15th century.
More ... St James' Church, Kenfig
02 December 2011 - Website Update
Maudlam Church (Parish of Pyle & Kenfig)
Dedicated to St.Mary Magdalene, Maudlam Church (built c.1255). It isn't the parish church due to a consistory court, which met at Margam in 1485, deciding that this status be accorded to St.James' church, Pyle; even though Maudlam Church is some 200 years older. Learn more about the church including a Live Church in Wales Twitter news feed.
More ... Maudlam Church (Parish of Pyle & Kenfig)
29 November 2011 - Sker House
The Maid of Sker - Australian Connection
An Australian connection with the Maid of Sker story has been unearthed since the development & design of the Kenfig heritage website - A paddle steamer built in Brisbane in 1885 was named the 'Maid of Sker'.
More ... The Maid of Sker - Australian Connection
24 November 2011 - Folklore Section
Phantom Lights of Sker & Tusker
When Porthcawl docks were being built it was firmly believed that a ghostly & inexplicable light could be seen hovering above Tusker Rock, sometimes the light drifted westward & was seen hovering over Sker Point. Learn of the phantom ship that sailed up & down the coast together with a list of old coastal beliefs of Glamorgan.
... Phantom Lights of Sker & Tusker
23 November 2011 - Folklore Section
Well Known Stories - Phantom Hounds (Cwn Annwn)
The Ghosts of Spirit Hounds called Cwn Annwn were fierce wild dogs who chose to hunt in packs, their howling could clearly be heard across the lonely countryside even as far as Sker - These are the Spirit Hounds of Glamorgan. Local legend has it that a Norman lady known as Mallt y Nos used to hunt with the spirit hounds often on Christmas Night or New Year's Eve around Newton-Nottage.
... Phantom Hounds (Cwn Annwn)
23 November 2011 - Folklore Section
Little Known Legends - The Birth of General Picton
One of the Duke of Wellington's divisional commanders killed at the Battle of Waterloo had several connections with Porthcawl. One of the town's streets has been named after him, likewise a public house and one of his relatives, Mary Caroline, married James Brogden who built the docks and the early town. The story of his birth, a true account is now almost legendary. This is how General Picton entered the world.
... Little Known Legends - The Birth of General Picton
21 November 2011 - Folklore Section
Local Legends - Magical Well of Newton
The well near the church at Newton, Porthcawl was once called Sandford's Well after a little known Norman knight but later dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The well's peculiar property of seeming to be empty when the tide on the nearby beach is in and full when the tide is out made local people believe that it had magical properties.
... Local Legends - Magical Well of Newton
21 November 2011 - Coming Soon...
Community - Sports & Pastimes
An A - Z of all sports & pastimes within the Kenfig and surrounding areas including the unique Kenfig Sporting Hall of Fame.
Learn about the sport of Bando or Bandy a crude form of hockey played by local people during the 18th & 19th centuries on Margam Sands between the Kenfig River mouth & Sker Rocks with a pitch extending a distance of approx. 2 miles.
... The Sport of Bando or Bandy
21 November 2011 - Website Update
History - The Kenfig Corporation Trust
A registered charity charged with administration of Borough property since 1886.
History of trust including High Court Case of 1971 over ownership of Kenfig Common; Pyle & Kenfig Manorial Court Presentments from 1676 and list of Portreeves of Kenfig Borough 1339-1886.
... The Kenfig Corporation Trust
20 November 2011 - Website Update
History - Kenfig Town Hall, Prince of Wales Inn
The Town Hall of the Ancient Borough of Kenfig replaced the old guild hall of the ancient Borough which once stood in the old medieval town. The building is owned by The Kenfig Corporation Trust; its upstairs room has been in continuous usage for centuries and it was within this very room that the Burgesses exercised their rights granted by the Kenfig charters.
... Kenfig Town Hall - Prince of Wales Inn
19 November 2011 - Website Update
History - Old Maps of Kenfig & surrounding Areas
Map 1. - Cornelly 1884
This is the first in a series of local maps that the Kenfig heritage website will be publishing on this website in due course.
... Old Maps of Kenfig & Surrounding Area
17 November 2011 - Website Update
Oral Accounts of Kenfig & surrounding Areas
Detailed oral accounts of the area from local people, this 1st account is provided by William R. Thomas and gives an account of the Kenfig area c.1922 - this account was originally documented in a local history booklet by Mr Arthur Smith of North Cornelly in 1982.
This is the first in a series of historical accounts on local history by local people that the Kenfig heritage website will be publishing on this website in due course.
... Oral Account of Kenfig area from c.1922
11 November 2011 - Community News
Capel y Pil - It's Future...Latest News
Capel y Pil
Cornelly & District Development Trust (CADDT) is in process of purchasing Capel y Pil with a view of renovating, restoring & converting it into a community facility. When finished it is hoped the chapel will be available for hire to events as well as having a small office/workshop areas for start-up businesses. More news to follow...
... History Capel y Pil
10 November 2011 - Website Update
Remembrance Day Special 2011
This year's remembrance day has a very significant & unique date - 11/11/11 and as a poignant reminder and mark of respect to all those who sacrificed themselves during both World Wars the Kenfig heritage website is providing a Remembrance Special in memory of all who served in the forces both at home & abroad during these desperate times.
Remembrance Day 2011 War Years
30 October 2011 - Community Section
Touched by Cancer - Annual Halloween Walk
Organised by CPEC (Cornelly Public Events Committee) the 2nd annual 'Touched by Cancer' walk took place at Kenfig National Nature Reserve on Sat 29 October 2011. Some photos of the day are included on this page, more information on CPEC will be made available on here in the near future.
Touched by Cancer - Annual Halloween Walk
29 October 2011 - Website News
Website attracts 2 million visitors in 2011 to date...
The Kenfig.org website will always remain a 'PERMANENT FIXTURE' on the Internet as an online Educational Resource which aides local schools & the wider academic world by providing information on the history of Kenfig & it's surrounding neighbouring areas.
History belongs to the public not just the select few... we will continue providing information on Kenfig's rich & colourful history through this website project long into the future even though local community politics are continually trying to undermine this very project.
Kenfig - The Complete History (e-Resource)
27 October 2011 - History Section
Margam History - The Margam Estate
With evidence of over 4000yrs of continuous human habitation at Margam, learn history of the Estate & its owners through the centuries. Glimpse a Timeline of Margam Estate from the Bronze/Iron Age & Roman, Monastic, The Mansels, The Talbots, War Years/Sir Evans-Bevan & The Council Eras through to a an indepth study of all the above - this latter section will be on-going & updated at regular intervals.
The Margam Estate
25 October 2011 - History Section
Prominent Parish Surnames (since 1695)
Beginning in 1695 this information contains a wealth of interesting material especially for Geneaology Studies. Surnames such as Aylward, Lyddon, Waters, Turberville, Turpin, Lougher & Yorwerth/Yorath plus many more are listed with information sourced from local Parish registers & archived library materials.
Prominet Parish Surnames (Since 1695)
23 October 2011 - Website Update
Kenfig NNR section
The Kenfig website has kindly been supplied a report on 'Kenfig Sand Dunes - Potential for Dune Reactivation' by The Countryside Council for Wales (CCW). We have included part of the report on the Kenfig NNR webpage - the report is very informative about dune management, especially that on Kenfig.
Kenfig Sand Dunes - CCW Report Kenfig NNR
21 October 2011 - Website Update
Pictorial History of Kenfig & Surrounding Areas
(Transport/Railways) - The original railway (Dyffryn Llynfi/Porthcawl Railway built c.1825) gives way to the South Wales Railway which was opened c.1850 - old photos including original Pyle Station can be viewed here....lots more photos of rail network to be updated to this section in near future.
Pictorial History - (Transport - Railways)
18 October 2011 - Website Update
Pictorial History of Kenfig & Surrounding Areas
Updating the unique pictorial history of the area. Adding more categories eg. Local Transport | Industrial Revolution | Education | Porthcawl & Shipwrecks - this section is constantly being updated with old photos of the area.
Pictorial History of Kenfig & Surrounding Areas
14 October 2011 - Local Religion
Stained Glass Windows - St James Church, Pyle
15th century Church in Pyle known locally as the 'Upside Down Church' as it was moved stone by stone from the ancient town of Kenfig & erected in Pyle. The stained glass windows designed by architect Karl Parsons in early part of 20th century as a memorial to local men who sacrificed their lives in the Great War 1914-1918.
Stained Glass in Wales University of Wales
Stained Glass Windows - St James Church, Pyle
13 October 2011 - Website Notice
Sker House & The Maids of Sker
Just a note to advise information on Sker House (Last updated - 09 June 2010) & The Maids of Sker (Last updated 22 Jan 2010) can be found on the Kenfig Heritage website - A brand new section covering all this information will be made available in the near future.
Sker House
The Maids of Sker
Elizabeth Williams (d.1776) The Maids of Sker
Martha Howells (b.1771) The Maids of Sker
Bertha Bampfylde (R D Blackmore) The Maids of Sker
08 October 2011 - Website Update
History Section - Local News Stories
Ancient Footprints at Kenfig: this discovery was made in 2007 below the high tide mark, between Gwely'r Misgl and Sker Point, the dating of footprints are estimated between the beginning of the 1st century BC to the beginning of the 2nd century AD.
Ancient Footprints at Kenfig
06 October 2011 - Website Update
History Section - Homepage
Bringing main History section into line with rest of site. Sub-sections on History in following categories: General | Kenfig | Through the Ages | Margam | Kenfig Community... Learn more about the history of the old Kenfig Borough & surrounding neighbouring areas.
History Section Homepage
02 October 2011 - Website Update
Folklore Section - The Buried City of Kenfig
Well Known Local Legends - Kenfig was an important medieval town which suffered badly from raids of the Welsh Lords being burned down a number of times; by a charter its burgesses were allowed to levy their own taxes and make their own bye-laws - the town had a high street which had to be kept clean, a guildhall and even a hospital.
Well Known Local Legends The Buried City of Kenfig
02 October 2011 - Website Update
Folklore Section - Legend of Ogmore Castle
Well Known Local Legends - Ogmore Castle was built by the Normans c.1162 to guard the mouth of the river on which it stands. Learn of the legend of the castle & surrounding area.
Well Known Local Legends Legend of Ogmore Castle
30 September 2011 - Website Update
Folklore Section - Story of Cap Coch
Well Known Local Legends - A true story so macabre it has become a legend. Cap Coch was the landlord of the New Inn that once stood in a little hollow on the track that led from Bridgend to Merthyr Mawr not far from the main A48 bypass of modern times. Travellers who stayed at the Inn were apparently murdered... learn more about this true story.
Well Known Local Legends Story of Cap Coch
28 September 2011 - Website Update
Folklore Section
Ghost stories & Folklore around Kenfig...an assortment of local tales & supernatural occurrences from around the Kenfig Borough including Youtube Videos on Ghosts at the 'Prince of Wales Inn, Kenfig', Phantom Hounds/Cwn Annwn & links to Most Haunted TV Series at Margam Castle. Coming soon... 'Halloween Special'
Folklore Homepage
18 September 2011 - Website Update
Raising an Awareness to PSP
One of the many reasons behind the Kenfig heritage website; PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy). Learn about this rare, degenerative syndrome related to Parkinson's disease, Further Reading, Live Twitter news feeds to the PSP Association & Foundation for PSP, CBD & Related Brain Diseases.
Raising an Awareness to PSP
17 September 2011 - Website Update
The Kenfig Community
History of Neighbouring Villages & Towns around Kenfig - Learn the history of each of the neighbouring villages and towns that surround the old borough of Kenfig. In this section you can learn of the history of each individual area.
The Kenfig Community
11 September 2011 - Website Update
The Kenfig Community - Pyle - The Pyle Inn
Built as an 18th century Coaching Inn by the Margam Estate, this inn was not only used for its intended purpose but also as a meeting place of various County bodies until it was turned into flats in 1896 and then demolished in 1959. The inn was visited by many famous people including Admiral Lord Nelson & throughout the 19th century the likes of Thomas Telford and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
The Pyle Inn - An 18th century coaching Inn
10 September 2011 - Website Update
Exclusive chance meeting with Heinz Stücke on A48 at Pyle on Thursday 01 June 2006.
Heinz's worldwide adventure began in November 1962 & up to the present day he has been cycling and travelling around the world non-stop. He's a Guinness Book record holder for Epic Journeys; learn about Heinz, our meeting with him including photos, Youtube Videos & a link to his official website.
Around the World by Bicycle - Heinz Stücke
08 September 2011 - Website News
We have updated our website logo at the top left-hand corner of each web page. We are using the illustration of Kenfig Castle (Donovan 1804/1805) as the backdrop as we feel it's not only more than appropriate with the history of Kenfig based around the castle & medieval town but also as this illustration has been used on our website since our humble beginnings in 2003.
07 September 2011 - Coming soon to this website
Interactive Kenfig Tithe Maps
We aim to display all associated tithe maps of the Kenfig & surrounding areas using interactive technologies to show all apportionments of the relevant tithes designated within their associated parishes. We also aim to draw a comparison of land usage in 1847 with the present day.
Interactive Kenfig Tithe Maps
06 September 2011 - Rare plants extinction threat
Rare plants on the Welsh coastline are in danger of becoming extinct because of the way sand dunes have changed. Plant experts are meeting to discuss how dunes at Kenfig Burrows can be encouraged to "remobilise".
...Read more on this story BBC News Wales
06 September 2011 - Website Update
History - Margam Castle & Estate
Built for Sir Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot owner of the Margam Estate. This Tudor style mansion was built in the early 19th century and remained in use until the end of World War II. Now a part of Margam Country Park owned and managed by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council.
Margam Castle & Estate (built 1830-1840)
01 September 2011 - Website News
The Kenfig heritage website attracted 300,000 visitors throughout August, that's 75,000 visitors per week; we are continually updating the site which is a permanent online fixture both here on the 'Live Site' & through both the National Library of Wales/British Library Archives.
30 Aug 2011 - Website Update
War Years - Homepage
Learn all about WWII; Kenfig & the Luftwaffe, The Home Guard, The Royal Observer Corps, The Royal Dutch Troops & much much more...
War Years Homepage
26 Aug 2011 - Newspaper Coverage
We are much appreciated to have an article on Kenfig Heritage website project in yesterday's online version of South Wales Evening Post newspaper. The article was published by Rob Bowen (Owner/Author) before being verified by This is South Wales Staff before 'going-live'. The article is under NEWS | EDUCATION
The South Wales Evening Post is owned by Northcliffe Media Limited & is circulated throughout South & South West Wales.
Heritage website depicts Kenfig's rich history
25 Aug 2011 - Latest News Story
What happened in years gone by - some notable & important dates/events in Kenfig's history have been simplified and are now listed on our homepage.
21 Aug 2011 - Latest News Story
New Biography page on Owner/Author: Kenfig - The Complete History (e-Resource), outlines website beginnings, structure, formal recognition/heritage status togther with brief family tree of owner/author outlining immediate local family connections with Kenfig & surrounding area.
Biography - Rob Bowen Owner/Author
19 Aug 2011 - Newspaper Coverage
The Kenfig.org Local Community Group is much appreciated to the Glamorgan Gazette newspaper for providing a full-page write up about us in this weeks newspaper. The article also included some old photos on Kenfig's rich history which were supplied by ourselves. We are hoping to provide further articles for the newspaper in the coming weeks.
The Glamorgan Gazette is a Bridgend County-based weekly newspaper owned by Media Wales Ltd
The Glamorgan Gazette Walesonline
14 Aug 2011 - Time Team at Kenfig
Learn about Time Team, cross-referenced information on Kenfig town's history, Live Time Team Twitter News Feed, photos of day 3 & Official embedded Time Team video footage from YouTube.
CHANNEL 4 TIME TEAM AT KENFIG
View our coverage
12 Aug 2011 - Latest News Story
We now have a 'Live Twitter News Feed for Kenfig' on our homepage - keeping you up to date with live news stories on all topics associated with Kenfig as they happen around the world.
Twitter Official website
Twitter Search for Kenfig Live Feed
10 Aug 2011 - Latest News Story
Channel 4 Time Team at Kenfig
The time team are currently spending 3 days at Kenfig (Wed/Thu/Fri) on an archaeological dig/filming expedition to locate the medieval buried town of Kenfig in the sand near Kenfig Castle.
Their findings will be made available to the public around 3pm on Fri 12 Aug. It is believed this episode will be available to view on Time Team's new TV series sometime in 2012.
Time Team Official website
09 Aug 2011 - Website Update
The Coast (Local Shipwrecks)
The Samtampa/Edward Prince of Wales Lifeboat (April 1947) - Providing GPS Coordinates & location map for memorial on Sker Rocks as: SS79177941
GPS Information courtesy Kenfig NNR
Samtampa Wreck 1947
03 Aug 2011 - News Story
Autumn Book Launch
This autumn we will be launching a New book on Kenfig's rich history to complement our existing 'heritage' website. The book will be titled 'Kenfig - The Complete History' & will be available to purchase from all good book stores & online at Amazon.
After this initial book there will be further books (Print & eBooks) based on all sections of the main Kenfig Heritage website launched at various intervals.
03 Aug 2011 - Website Marketing
A little self publicity across Facebook
Posted an advert about our heritage website project on the following facebook sites: The Medieval World, Time Team, Seaside News, Port Talbot Old and New Part 2, Porthcawl People..., PorthcawlTown, The Writer's Circle, South Wales Evening Post, BBC Radio Wales, Glamorgan Gazette and Thisis Porthcawl.
Kenfig.org - The Complete History Facebook Group
31 July 2011 - Website Update
Kenfig Nature Reserve Section
For all information on the Kenfig NNR; Please note this is NOT the Official website for the reserve.
Kenfig National Nature Reserve SSSI
29 July 2011 - Website Update
Kenfig History Timeline (c.1147-1886)
Spanning over 860 yrs from 12th-19th century information is categorised into various centuries it's associated with & cross-referenced making this a unique online resource of local historical facts that can be used as a research platform.
Kenfig History Timeline (c.1147-1886)
26 July 2011 - NEWSFLASH UPDATE
Local Party Politics
An update from the Chair of Kenfig.org Local Community Group is located to the top of the homepage of this website.
25 July 2011 - CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale)
Prince of Wales Inn, Kenfig - Pub Heritage
nice to see our Kenfig Heritage website mentioned on CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) website report about the Prince of Wales Inn, Kenfig - as an online resource relating to the Inn's rich and historic past... thank you, this means a lot to us :)
Campaign for Real Ale Prince of Wales Inn
24 July 2011 - Latest Website Update
Kenfig Corporation Trust - A charity charged with administration of Borough property since 1886
History of trust including High Court Case of 1971 over ownership of Kenfig Common; Pyle & Kenfig Manorial court Presentments from 1676 and list of Portreeves of Kenfig Borough 1339-1886.
Kenfig Corporation Trust
20 July 2011 - NEWSFLASH
An important message from the Chair of Kenfig.org Local Community Group is located to the top of the homepage of this website.
02 July 2011 - Coming Next
Crime & Punishment around Kenfig...What life was actually like before the introduction of the Police Force in 1841? Crimes of the Kenfig area 1740-1840 & a lot more... We reveal just exactly what life was actually like at this point in time & remind you just how lucky you are even in 2011...??
Crimes & Punishment around Kenfig
18 June 2011 - 3D Model of old Kenfig Town
As a part of our Constitution we are committed to providing an online educational resource of worldclass distinction for 21st century and beyond; in 2007 we introduced 3D Modelling into our plans ( 2010 documented & archived - Constitution/Objectives). Involving Ordnance Survey & the likes of Channel 4 Time Team to provide geosat surveys & professional archaeological digs of old Kenfig town & castle, information provided by these coupled with information researched & documented by Kenfig history society (info in public domain) a 3D model of What Kenfig town might have looked like in Medieval Times (in digital format) could be created solely for educational purposes & embedded within this website.
...Digital 3D Modelling (Our IP/Copyright Info)
18 June 2011 - Comprehensive Book(s) on Kenfig
We are planning on publishing books to accompany this very website; they will be both in print & e-book formats as we own the publishing rights. The e-books will be created by a local digital design & media company located in Bridgend.
...ODPDS Professional Design Solutions
27 May 2011 - Sewage & Oil on Beaches is Algae
Algae is responsible for reports of raw sewage/oil affecting beaches around Porthcawl & Kenfig says Environment Agency Wales.
...Read more on this story BBC News Wales
12 May 2011 - Capel y Pil saved for future generations
The oldest landmark in North Cornelly has been saved for future generations thanks to a local community organisation ...Learn more Glamorgan Gazette Newspaper
...History of Capel y Pil
Annual Gambo Race 2011 Cancelled
This community event held on August Bank Holiday Sunday has been cancelled due to public 'Health & Safety' issues imposed by local Authorities & the Police.
...The Annual Gambo Race (2001-2010)