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Cefn Cribwr is a village and community in Bridgend County Borough in south Wales. The village is located about 5 miles (8 km) from the centre of Bridgend town, and inbetween Bridgend and Pyle. It is situated on a ridge (as the name suggests) between Pyle (3 km to the west) and Aberkenfig (4 km to the east). Cefn Cribwr, as a community, recorded a population of 1,546 in the 2001 Census, reducing to 1,481 at the 2011 Census.The community centre, locally known as the Green Hall, was opened in 1924 and originally conceived as a Miners' Welfare Hall; it was supported by colliery owners and colliers. Many political meetings were held there. Labour politician and former Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald spoke there in the closing weeks of the General Strike of 1926. The Wesley Dramatic Society entertained, as did the members of Siloam Chapel who performed many dramas and concerts. The community centre is today mainly used as the venue for the meetings of Cefn Cribwr Labour Party.
Bedford Park, on the northern outskirts of Cefn Cribwr, is now an area of 40 acres (16 ha) of ancient woodland and meadows, glades and open spaces. It was once an area of intense industrial activity after the Birmingham industrialist John Bedford built a blast furnace here in 1780. He also sank pits to mine the raw materials of ironstone and coal as well as founding a forge and brickworks. The ironworks were never as successful as Bedford had hoped, and began to decline after his death in 1791. Coal mining and brick making, however, continued throughout the 19th century, but industrial activity at Bedford Park ceased after World War I. The ironworks are now protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument — one of the most complete of its kind in Britain. Many parts of the ironworks and related buildings can still be seen.
Several public footpaths and cycling routes pass through the park following the line of the old Dyffryn, Llynfi and Porthcawl Railway which linked the ironworks to the coast.