A few weeks ago I was given an old street map of Bridgend, courtesy of Natalie Murphy, the well-known Bridgend historian. It was given to me as inside the outer cover was an advertisement for my grandfather’s building company. I’ve not been able to ascertain a date for the map but the 1930s would seem a suitable starting point for research, telephone numbers are all given as three-figure numbers for example.
The map is not very accurate nor is it correctly proportioned, but nevertheless shows a few curious features, namely proposed roads, and I have shaded these in red for clarity. One of these, Parkfields Road was mostly built, but another connecting Glanogwr Road with Park Street certainly wasn’t.
Anyone who knows the area will realise that very large earthworks would have been necessary to build this road as the difference in levels from Glanogwr Road to Newbridge Fields is considerable. The route would have crossed the river a little downstream from the current “bailey” bridge and then crossed Parc Brook and followed the line of the public footpath where it joins Park Street at St Leonards Road junction.
I’m not quite sure what benefit this road would have been, except for one possible and plausible suggestion; was it a route to enable fire engines stationed at the fire station in Glanogwr Road to reach the other side of town without going through the town centre? A possibility, but I can see no other benefit from such a potentially expensive scheme.
You will also notice in the map that Parkfields Road was possibly planned to end up joining Park Street at the junction with Heol-y-Nant; this never happened and Parfkfields originally terminated as a cul-de-sac in the 1950s before eventually a new section joined into the new Park Court Road built in the early 1960s.