The population of Cowbridge is about 4,000 with 2,000 living in the surrounding hamlets and villages.
The history of Cowbridge goes back to Roman times but its first Charter was granted in 1254. At this time burgage plots, many of which remain today, were laid out and leased to responsible citizens. Town walls including four gates were built at about this time. Part of the walls, recently restored by Cowbridge Charter Trust, and the South Gate remain today.
Cowbridge was the centre of the social life of the County, particularly during the 18th century. It was at this time that Iolo Morganwg, renowned for his leading role in the 18th century cultural renaissance of Wales and inventor of the present-day rituals of the National Eisteddfod of Wales, established a shop in Cowbridge.
Today Cowbridge has a busy High Street lined with a mix of traditional and fashionable shops, inns and restaurants attracting many visitors to the town.
As a consequence of its long history Cowbridge has many interesting old buildings including Cowbridge Town Hall, Holy Cross Church and the Old Grammar School plus many County Treasures some of the most notable of which are in the adjacent village of Llanblethian.
Cowbridge has many events throughout the year which add to the vibrancy of the town and attract thousands of visitors:
- Fashion Week in March
- May Fair on the early bank holiday Monday in May.
- Food and Drink Festival on the last weekend in May.
- Vale Show in August.
- Music Festival in September.
- Reindeer Parade and Santa's Grotto on the last Sunday in November.
There are also regular events such as:
- Livestock market every Tuesday.
- Farmers' Market on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month.
- Country (WI) Market on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month.
- Charity Car Boot sales.
More Cowbridge events and general information can be found on the Cowbridge Guide website.
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