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 1111) and there is evidence of an earlier place of worship. The location of the village is within half a mile of the A48 road (originally a Roman Road to the west coast at this point). 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).

Silurian tribes appear to have settled in the area and may have founded a settlement here over 5,000 years ago. Later when farming became organised by the Normans, a 66 acre area of common land known as the Golden Mile Common was established for local tenants to use for grazing their animals. It’s location alongside the ancient Roman road may have provided a rest for travellers (today's motorway rest area!). No one knows the origin of the term "Golden Mile", although it is suggested 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 could also have been the gathering point of the South Wales contingent. 

It was one of only three Thankful 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. A new village War Memorial was dedicated on Sunday 9th November 2014 (see photo opposite).

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 ‘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’. 

See also  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colwinston


Last Updated 01/07/20

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