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Merthyr Mawr

MM VillageMerthyr Mawr Village

When you enter this picturesque village you might think that time has stood still. At the outskirts of the village stands the 'Dipping Bridge', a four arch masonry bridge, which was built in the 15th century with holes in the parapets, allowing farmers to push their reluctant sheep into the river for their annual dip! An inn once stood at the side of this bridge and it is rumoured that one of its landlords, 'Cap Goch', robbed and murdered travellers en route to St David's.

The heart of Merthyr Mawr village has an outstanding collection of thatched dwellings, which are positioned around the village green. Close to these cottages you'll find St Teilo's Church (1849-1851) which was designed by Benjamin Ferrey. Built on the site of a much earlier church, the rear of the churchyard has an impressive collection of medieval inscribed stones dating from the 5th century onwards. Many of them were discovered during the construction of the present church.

A matter of yards from the church you can cross the 'Swing Bridge' to the newly restored Merthyr Mawr Pathways. From here, you can enjoy a walk with beautiful views, to the stepping stones across the River Ewenny, leading to Ogmore Castle.

 


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