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Timeline Contributors: GGAT, Bridgend 900, EGGHS, OVLHS, pictures from Ty'r Ardd

This prosperous period in agriculture before and during the First World War meant that the tenant farmer now had the means to buy his own farm. Land ownership had mostly been in the hands of a few large estates, but now these were parcelled out for sale. Local councils also bought a number of holdings to be rented out. The fine estates of wealthy owners, such as the Treherne family of Bryngarw, were dismantled and land was shared amongst ordinary farmers.

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There are many good reasons for undertaking regular building maintenance. It can help you to; Preserve your historic building for future generations to use and enjoy, Save money through repair rather than replacement of features such as windows, Prevent more serious problems and avoid the cost and disruption of major repairs, Maintain your building's appearance and contribute to a sense of pride in the community.

The castles of Newcastle, Ogmore and Coity were built to protect the Norman conquest of the fertile lands of west Glamorgan in the early 12th century. The three castles stand within a few miles of each other in this corner of South Wales, and all three began as quickly erected earth and timber works, before being replaced by stone forts, the ruins of which can still be seen today. This triangle of forbidding forts formed a continuous line of defence against the Welsh who were angered at the loss of their lands, and used to descend in sweeping raids from the hills. These remaining castles are the largest and best preserved of the thirteen castles and medieval fortified houses known to have existed in the Bridgend area.