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Welcome to Colwinston (Tregolwyn in Welsh), a village in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. It has the Norman parish church of St. Michael and All Angels, a 12th Century Grade 1 listed building (built in
) and there is evidence of an earlier place of worship. The location of the village is within half a mile of the A48 road which was the Roman Via Strata Maritima. In the village are St David's Church in Wales Primary School, the Village Hall and the Sycamore Tree Inn (dating from the 17th century or earlier).
Earlier tribal settlement led to establishing the importance of a 66 acre area of common land know as the Golden Mile Common. Its' location alongside the ancient Roman road provided a rest for travellers (today's motorway rest area!) No one knows the origin of the "Golden Mile", although it is widely believed that this is where armies gathered to march to war and on their return the men would line up to receive their golden sovereign before disbanding to return home. The Glamorgan Yeomanry and the Welsh archers are well documented in the battles of Agincourt and Crecy and this is also believed to be the gathering point of the South Wales contingent.
It was one of only three
villages in Wales where men sent to the First World War all returned home safely, but sadly the village lost four men in the Second World War.
Colwinston has its own Community Council; Hall Committee; Women's Institute; and Philosophical Society. Social events include the Annual Fete, Craft & Produce Show; Pantomime; Bonfire Night; Father Christmas visit on Christmas Eve; the New Year's Day sport of "collyball"; the Cricket Club; while many other activities take place during the year.
The author, Agatha Christie was a frequent visitor to the Manor House of ‘Pwllywrach’ near the village. She was told of the local folklore surrounding a gypsy curse on one of the local roads, which so impressed her, that she used the story as the basis for her book ‘The Hollow’.
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