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Cowbridge is a picturesque market town that is situated in the heart of the Vale of Glamorgan, an area rich in heritage and culture. The town’s history dates back centuries and is believed to have been founded during the late eleventh century by Robert St. Quentin, a Norman knight of FitzHamon upon the site of a Roman settlement that is thought by some scholars to be the fort of Bovium (cow-place). Recent excavations have revealed an extensive Roman settlement alongside a Roman road.

The most visible history around town is from its medieval past and the town centre is still arranged on its medieval plan which was probably built on the top of the roman one. There is one long street divided into Plots of land or 'burgage plots'. It is one of very few medieval walled towns in Wales and large portions of the walls and the south gate still remain today as do some old buildings like the town hall whose building is said to date back to the Elizabethan era and served as a prison until 1830 when it was converted into the town hall.

The town boasts 5 Inns and an entire department store on one high street!

There are many places to visit around Cowbridge, St Quintins Castle and Beupre castle are just short drives away as is Dyffryn Gardens in fact to much to list really.

Former residents include David Lloyd George who was Britain’s only Welsh Prime Minister, and Iolo Morganwg who devised the rituals for the Modern Eisteddfod

  • Intro Updated Nov 6, 2011
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    That B&B Plas Llanmihangel really does sound fantastic. It must be great to stay in a house that has been in continual occupation since the 12th century.

  • mustertal's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    I love Cowbridge, and the Xmas trees put out this time of year are a delight to see. See you at in Manchester.

  • Mikebond's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Very informative page on this beautiful town. I must really gisit Wales!
    Greetings from Italy,


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