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Indoor Market

Bridgend Indoor Market occupies a prime position within the retail sector of Bridgend, and is situated within the Rhiw Shopping Centre which fronts on to Caroline Street, Nolton Street and Queen Street. The Market is situated on the ground floor, and has access to the basement on the lower ground floor, with vehicular access to Queen Street. Below is some of the long history of the Indoor Market Hall dating from its inception in 1837.

Bridgend has been a thriving market town dating back to Roman times and later with a farmers market here on the streets around the Town Hall, until in 1836, The Bridgend Market Act was passed to remove position and livestock markets from the streets around the Town Hall.

Picture 1910

A New Market Hall was opened on Lady Day 1837, it was built by the  Earl of Dunraven  or his ancestors on the site of the old Tennis Courts, which later became the Tennis Court Hotel in Caroline Street and is now the Seconds Ahead store. The Market Hall remained in use until 1906 when it was replaced by a new, fully covered Market Hall.
( In 1908 A Grand Eisteddfod was held in the Market Hall on Boxing Day.)

In 1955 Bridgend Urban District Council purchased the Market Hall from the Dunraven Estates Ltd, the Market remained until 1972 when the Market Hall in Caroline Street was closed with the last stallholders leaving at the end of May 1972. The Hall was demolished in June 1972 after standing since 1906.    The new Market opened on Monday 15 May 1972.


On the 1st March 1996 the 130 year old Market Bell was re-installed in the Rhiw above the entrance to the Market. It was revealed that the bell had been laying idle in a Council depot since the demolition of the old market building in 1972.

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Bridgend History

The Old Post Office Garage
The Old Post Office Garage

Royal cipher E VIII R. 1936

Bridgend ROF 53
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Newcastle Castle

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Mason Williams clock c1890



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