This web-site was set up in February 2003 to enable me to share with you a large collection of photographs of the Bridgend area. On this site you will find pictures and information on a variety of subjects relating to the pictorial history of Bridgend and its surrounding towns and villages.

Over the years I have taken around 6000 negatives and 2000 slides dating from the early 1970s to the late 1990s and latterly using a digital camera. In addition there is a large quantity of inherited negatives dating from the early 1900s to the 1960s. Included are also a number of photographs from other sources, post cards, school photos etc. Of this large collection less than 5% is of Bridgend and the district.

Bridgend - South Wales - UK

Generally, all photographs will be credited to a photographer or source. I have included images in all good faith, but if you believe a picture should be excluded or is incorrectly captioned or credited do please contact me. No photographs on this site have been copied from published sources (with a few exceptions duly credited). If some of the photos on this site look familiar to you, it's probably because a number of my pictures have appeared in local photographic history publications.

To navigate the site click on any of the blue or button links; this will take you to a subject page. The links will change colour when you have visited that page. On some pages a few of the photographs will enlarge by clicking on them.

If you click on a link that is hosted on another site, this will open in a new tab or window depending upon how you have set up your browser. To return to this site, simply close the page or tab that opens.

We hope you enjoy your visit and bookmark this page to frequently visit us again.

There will be no further updates to this site in its current format. A new site is being developed for launch in January 2015.

You can preview the new website whilst it is being developed by following this link.


Recently, photographs from this website have started to appear on other sites, particularly social networks.

May I remind visitors that much of the material shown here is copyright and may only be used with permission.

Please contact me if you have a genuine reason to require the use of one of my pictures, I'm usually only too willing to help.

Many thanks, Mike -


08/02/2014 - Comments boxes have been added to all pages.

17/01/2014 - Photographs added to Boys Brigade page courtesy of Mike Littlejohns.

21/11/13 - New page and 11 photos added to Schools section

15/11/13 - Childhood Memories page updated with many new links to my stories hosted by Wordpress.


24/10/13 - Four new pages and fifteen additional photos added to the schools section. Please visit the Schools Index for full details.

23/10/13 - New Page added - 1977 Ogwr Tiki Raft Race.



Bridgend Events

1948 - National Eisteddfod
1950s - Carnival Parade
1950s - Winter Snow
1960 - December - The Floods
1963 - January - Winter
1973 - Bridgend Carnival
1973 - Marching Bands Parade

1974 - Bridgend Show
1974 - Bridgend Carnival
1974 - Bridgend Steam Fayre
1975 - Bridgend Carnival
1975 - Ogwr Tiki Raft Race
1975 - Boy's Brigade Parade
1977 - Ogwr Tiki Raft Race

1978 - February - The Blizzard
1979 - January - Snow Storm
1981 - Grove Road Street Party
1982 - January - The Blizzard
1992 - Bridgend Model Show
2011 - Grove Road Street Party
2012 - Grove Road Jubilee Party

My most popular sections on WordPress
Childhood Memories
Industrial Archaeology
The London

Around Bridgend & District

Churches and Chapels
Hope Baptist Church
Litchard Mission Church
Stokes & Sons
Then & Now
The Bus Station

Mystery Photographs
Newbridge Fields
Little West Garden Railway
Tributaries of the Ogmore river
Boats on the River Ogmore
Margam Sawmill 1980
The buses of Coity Motors
The Market
The Embassy Cinema

Youth Organisations

Boy's Brigade

Glamorgan Events

1911-14 Aberkenfig Carnivals
1971 - Cowbridge Carnival
1972 - Fire at Tythegston
1973 - Porthcawl Carnival
1973 - Picketston Steam Rally
1974 - Gower Agricultural Show
1975 - Cowbridge carnival
1975 - Southerndown Steam Rally

1976 - Southerndown Steam Rally
1970s - Maesteg Railways
1982 - Kenfig Hill Show
1985 - Little West Vintage Show
1980s - Ewenny Summer Show

Friends of opobs
Photographs from contributors which don't fit in with any of the themes of the site. This section is to show those pictures.

Jim Hatch

Brynley Hughes
David Roberts
Richard Williams

33 pages with 336 photographs
of the Bridgend Area

2 pages with 60 illustrations
of the Bridgend Area

13 pages with 41 illustrations

Links to websites of local interest

38 pages with illustrations and adverts