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Pencoed (pronounced "Pen-coyd" or "Pen-code", in English meaning End or Head of the wood), is a town in the county borough of Bridgend, traditional county of Glamorgan, south Wales, mid-way between Wales' two largest cities of Cardiff and Swansea.

Lying on the Ewenny River it has a population of around 10,000. It is believed that there was a Norman castle in what is now the town, but Pencoed did not develop until the late nineteenth century, around the coal mining industry. The coal mines have now closed.

The town nestles in the Ewenny valley, straddling the M4 Motorway at junction 35. About a mile to the north of the town, lies the start of the Welsh mountains (Bleanau). To the south lies the rolling countryside of the Vale of Glamorgan and the rugged coast of the Bristol Channel.

The town consists of three distinct areas, which were once four small hamlets. To the north is Penprysg (End of the Brush Wood), a hilly region backing on to the low ridge (100 metres) of Cefn Hirgoed (Long Wooded Ridge). To the west is Hendre (Winter Settlement) which rises from the railway line in the centre of the town to the common land at Ystadwaun (Flat Moorland). The central part of the town, which lies on the flat valley floor east of the railway, consists of Pencoed itself and Felindre (Mill Town). There are numerous streams rising and running through the town and two main rivers the Ewenny Fawr (the Big Ewenny) and the Ewenny Fach (the Small Ewenny). At the centre of the town, close to the railway station, is the war memorial (known locally as the Monument), the shopping centre and the local Community Hall (Pencoed Miners' Welfare Hall). The town is well provided with sports facilities, schools, pubs and clubs.

Pronunciation of the name Pencoed is always the cause of some argument within the town. The correct Welsh pronunciation of the name is "Pencoyd", although many locals pronounce it "Pencode" (the old Glamorganshire pronunciation).

For mor information see: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/pencoedhyphen/


 Trains in Pencoed:
 Pencoed is on the Maesteg Line
 Pencoed is on the South Wales Main Line


 Golf in Pencoed:
 St Marys Hotel, Golf and Country Club
       St Marys Hill
       Pencoed
       Vale of Glamorgan
       CF35 5EA
 01656 860280

 Pencoed College Golf Course
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       CF35 5LG
 01656 860202


 Libraries in Pencoed:
 Pencoed Library
       Penybont Road,
       Pencoed,
       CF35 5RA
 01656 754840
 Mon 09.30-18.00
       Tue 09.30-18.00
       Wed 09.30-13.00
       Thur 09.30-18.00
       Fri 09.30-19.00
       Sat 09.30-17.00


 Rugby in Pencoed:
       Pencoed RFC
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5HU
 01656 860152


 Vets in Pencoed:
 Maes Glas Veterinary Group
       Rear of 13 Penprysg Rd
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 6SS
 01656 862490


 Pubs/Bars in Pencoed:
 Britannia Inn
       7 Hendre Road
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5NW
 01656 864000

 The Chatterton Arms
       2 Hendre Road
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5NW
 01656 860293

 The Maerdy Hotel
       Coychurch Road
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5NA

 Mountain Hare Inn
       Brynna Road
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 6PG
 01656 860453

 The Old Kings Head
       15 Coychurch Road
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5NH
 01656 860203

 Old Mill
       Felindre
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5HU

 Pantruthyn Farm Brewers Fayre
       Pantruthyn Farm
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5HY
 01656 860133


 Hotels in Pencoed:
 Best Western Hotels
       St Marys Hotel
       St Mary Hill
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5EA
 01656 861100

 The Meardy Hotel
       Coychurch Road
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5NA
 01656 860654

 Premier Travel Inn
       Pencoed Business Park
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5HY
 0870-197 7041

 Travelodge Hotel Ltd
       Old Mill
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5HU
 01656 864404


 Restaurants in Pencoed:
 Balti House (Indian)
       46 Penybont Road
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5RA
 01656 861110

 Cafe Petite
       16 Coychurch Road
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5NG
 01656 862783

 Kurties
       15 Coychurch Road
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5NH
 01656 865737

 Old Mill Harvester
       Felindre
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5HU
 01656 860288

 Pencoed Balti (Indian)
       3 Hendre Road
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5NW
 01656 862210

 Spiceland (Indian)
       46 Penybont Road
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5RA
 01656 861110


 Take Aways in Pencoed:
 Dragon House
       32 Penybont Road
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5RA
 01656 860505

 Harvey's (Fish and Chips)
       Min-y-Nant
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 6YP
 01656 861433

 McDonald's Restaurants Ltd
       Junction 35 M4
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5HY
 01656 865484

 Noble House
       12 Penprysg Road
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 6SS
 01656 862892

 Pencoed (Fish and Chips)
       1 Penybont Road
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5PY
 01656 860555


 Taxis in Pencoed:
 Breakaway Taxis
       8 Penybont Rd
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5RA
 01656 860916

 Pencoed Cars
       12 Hendre Rd
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5NW
 01656 861676


 Other in Pencoed:
 Glamorgan Young Farmers Club
       YFC Office
       Pencoed College
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5LG
 01656 864488

 Pencoed Swimming Pool
       Felindre Road
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 5PB
 01656 862360

 The Royal British Legion
       Hendre Road
       Pencoed
       Bridgend
       Mid Glamorgan
       CF35 6TB
 01656 860265


Pencoed (Pen-Coed) - From 'A Topographical Dictionary of Wales' (1849)
PENCOED (PEN-COED), a township, in the parish of Coychurch, union of Bridgend and Cowbridge, hundred of Newcastle, county of Glamorgan, South Wales, 4 miles (E. by N.) from Bridgend; containing 421 inhabitants. This place, the name of which signifies "the head of the wood," is situated near the South Wales railway, and on the road from Bridgend to Llantrissent, at a short distance from the right bank of the Ewenny river. It comprises 2045 acres, of which 481 are common or waste land. A cottage has been built for the poor, at the expense of £32, out of a sum of £47 left by two individuals; and a trifling sum is annually distributed among the poor, arising from a bequest by two other persons. There is a place of worship for Calvinistic Methodists.



 

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