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Cogan Primary School
Grid reference: ST185715
Location: 51°26’42"N, 3°11’17"W
Post town: Penarth
Postcode: CF64
Dialling code: 029
Local Government
Council: Vale of Glamorgan
Cardiff South & Penarth

Cogan is a an ancient parish that forms a suburb of Penarth in Glamorgan.


Cogan Pill House dates from around the turn of the 16th-century[1] and is the oldest still standing house in the Penarth area. It is now known as the Baron's Court and is a pub-restaurant.

In the early 19th century Cogan was a small village of a few scattered houses and farms within the Hundred of Dinas Powis. The building of Penarth Docks in 1865 and the town's rapid growth prompted an explosion of house building in Cogan providing mostly terraced housing, local shops and public houses for dock workers. Most of the building in the village took place over the ten years between 1859 and 1869 and Cogan contained two busy brickworks, making the local marl bricks still seen today all over Cogan and Penarth.

The majority of the many small local Cogan shops, butcher, baker, greengrocer, hardware store, chemist, barbers, newsagents and general grocery shops located on Windsor Road, along Pill Street and on almost all of the street corners in the village had been closed by the early 1950s and converted to residential housing, these ex-shops being identified by the angled corner facings where the shop entrance doors used to be.

Cogan railway station is located on the Vale of Glamorgan Line and provides services to Barry, Rhoose, Bridgend and Cardiff. Until 1968 Cogan had two further platforms across the other side of the main Windsor Road and located on the Penarth and Sully branch line, from the Cogan Junction points down the coastline to where it rejoined the main line at Cadoxton. The through link was closed under the effects of the Beeching Axe and the rail spur now terminates at Penarth. Dingle Road Halt and Penarth station remain open but the platforms at Cogan were closed when the line was reduced to a single track branchline. Most of the station buildings still stand and have been used by several private businesses including a shooting range, a garden centre, a second-hand car lot and a marine chandlers. The area originally covered by the Cogan and Penarth Dock's railway sidings and engine maintenance sheds now contains a large Tesco supermarket.


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