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Porthcawl is a seaside town with a population of around 17,000 on the coast of south Wales, some twenty miles to the west of Cardiff, within the Vale of Glamorgan. Formerly within the historic county of Glamorganshire, it is now part of the modern county borough of Bridgend.

It was founded in the early 19th century when a port was established between the two villages of Newton and Nottage for the shipment of coal brought to the coast by means of horse-drawn trams from the coalfields to the north. It was not an ideal location for a port, being somewhat exposed to the wind, and with the entrance to the dockside hampered by the presence of sandbanks and the imposing Tuskar Rock. The port therefore rapidly declined with the opening of the Barry and Port Talbot docks nearby.

Porthcawl later re-emerged as a popular seaside resort capitalising on the attractions of the nearby beaches at Sandy Bay and Trecco Bay and benefited from the rapid popululation growth of south Wales in the years before World War I, rapidly becoming the largest resort on the south Wales coast.

It remains one of the main purveyors of the traditional seaside holiday in south Wales and is home to the Coney Beach Pleasure Park which features the usual fairground rides and the Trecco Bay Holiday Park which claims to be Europe's largest caravan park.

Porthcawl was also the birthplace of the popular music group who go by the name of Gene Loves Jezebel.

Table of References

  • http://www.gazetteer-wales.co.uk/
  • http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/
  • http://www.eporthcawl.co.uk/
  • http://www.bridgend.gov.uk/english/tourism/index.asp

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