Victorian Bridgend: Newspaper Articles

Nolton Street c.1900

Whilst researching Victorian Bridgend I came across this wonderful website: Welsh Newspapers Online
This website, which is run by the National Library of Wales consists of Welsh Newspapers from 1844 - 1910!

I have found during my research, that Victorian Bridgend seemed to be a lively place! There was always something going on,  horses on the loose or pick pockets on he prowl! I would recommend the Welsh Newspapers website to anyone who is researching local welsh history. It is honestly a great insight into the lives of our ancestors

I have chosen a few interesting articles to share with you :

The annual treat, in connection with the English Congregational Church, Bridgend, took place on Monday at Ogmore. There were about 240 present, and a thoroughly enjoyable d>iy was spent.

 On Monday a Wehh musical festival was held at Hermon Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Bridgend, when a choir of about 850 voices (from the connexional Churches of Bridgend and Ogmnrè and Garw districts), con- ducted by Mr. It. Prosser (” Eos Cyntais”), Treorky, rendered a number of hymns, chants, and amhuma, services heiug held throughout the day. The chapei was crowded ateacb meet* iag.

7th January 1871: BRIDGEND. COUNTY BALL
The annual County Ball was given on Wednesday night. The Town Hall was beautifully decorated for the occasion. Most of the principal families in the county were represented. There seemed to be a slight falling off in the attendance however to former year?. Mr. Watt, of the Wyndham Arms Hotel, catered in his usual excellent style.

 At about two o’clock on Tuesday morning a diabolical attempt was made at Bridgend to blow up the front portion of Mr. Morgan Williams’ residence in Ewenny-road with gunpowder. The powder appeared to have been placed in a couple of sacks on the sill of the drawing-room window facing the street, and fired by means of a fuse. The explosion instantly aroused Mr. Williams and his neighbours, who found, however, that very little damage had been done, only the windows being cracked and the framework slightly damaged by the flames. The significance of the outrage is increased by the fact that only a fort- night before an attempt was made, under cover of night also, to set the front door on fire with paraffin. The perpetrator has, so far, not been discovered. Mr. Williams, who is surveyor to the Local Board, and has only recently come to the town, is at a loss to explain the motive of the out- rage.

13 November 1891: THE STORM
A severe storm, accompanied by heavy rain, raged over the town on Wednesday last. Slates were blown down in several parts of the town. A chimney over Mr. Bird’s premises, in Caroline-street, was blown down, and a voting man passing at the time narrowly escaped injury from the failing stones, his hat being knocked off by one of them.

26th August 1892: A FALSE RUMOUR
About eleven o’clock on Saturday night it was rumoured in the town that a man up Nolton-road had had his eye knocked out by another man in a fight, and large crowds gathered about the scene of the alleged occurrence. Police- constables Sloley, Brown, Brinson, and Sandford were quickly upon the spot, and maintained order. Upon enquiring further into the matter, the police judged that it was a case in which the injured party should be left to take proceedings himself if he thought proper, and they consequently did not take the aggressor into custody. It was found that the man’s eye had not been knocked out, as rumoured, but that Lis face had been cut—it is alleged-with a spur.

16 December 1891: A RUNAWAY
One day last week, while Mrs. Thomas, Twmpath Farm. Colwinstone, was driving into town, and when near the Coach and Horses public-house, the horse, attached to the trap, took fright, and went at a galloping pace through Nolton- street, breaking a shaft on the way. Keeping straight ahead Sergeant Rowe, who stood on the police-station door, rushed to the back of the trap, and by combined force and strategy, succeeded in arresting and stopping its progress when near Mr. E. Phillips’ works, about 60 yards distant. Mrs. Thomas was then assisted out of the trap greatly frightened, but fortunately un- hurt.


  1. The dastardly outrage one tickled me, what did they build houses out of back then!

  2. I volunteer as a researcher for Bridgend Libraries, studying old Glamorgan Gazettes and logging all Births, Marriages and Deaths. These are recorded on a database compiled by the libraries section, which is freely available to anyone. And yes, one cannot help reading some of the colourful descriptions of events during the late 1800's early 1900's. Well worth visiting.


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