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St John the Baptist's Church

Church Rd, Llanblethian, Cowbridge, CF71 7JF

During Churches Unlocked...

The church is open 9am to 4pm daily throughout the year but the guided visits during the “Churches Unlocked Festival” will allow visits to parts of the church that are not normally accessible and the chance to view items, such as the church silver, which cannot normally be seen.

There will be no charges for any of the events.

  • Guided Visits Around the Church and Churchyard
    Guided Visits Around the Church and Churchyard
    Sat, 01 Jun
    St John's Church, Llanblethian, CF71 7JF
    01 Jun 2024, 14:30 – 17:00
    St John's Church, Llanblethian, CF71 7JF, Church Rd, Cowbridge CF71, UK
    01 Jun 2024, 14:30 – 17:00
    St John's Church, Llanblethian, CF71 7JF, Church Rd, Cowbridge CF71, UK
    Explore and learn about this beautiful medieval church and churchyard. Visit the vaulted crypt beneath the south chapel where a priest’s grave was discovered during restoration of the church in 1869. Learn about the local men listed on the Llanblethian War Memorial in the church.
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  • Guided Visits Around the Church and Churchyard
    Guided Visits Around the Church and Churchyard
    Sun, 02 Jun
    St John's Church, Llanblethian, CF71 7JF
    02 Jun 2024, 14:00 – 16:40
    St John's Church, Llanblethian, CF71 7JF, Church Rd, Cowbridge CF71, UK
    02 Jun 2024, 14:00 – 16:40
    St John's Church, Llanblethian, CF71 7JF, Church Rd, Cowbridge CF71, UK
    Explore and learn about this beautiful medieval church and churchyard. Visit the vaulted crypt beneath the south chapel where a priest’s grave was discovered during restoration of the church in 1869. Learn about the local men listed on the Llanblethian War Memorial in the church.
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  • Organ Recital
    Organ Recital
    Tue, 04 Jun
    St John's Church, Llanblethian, CF71 7JF
    04 Jun 2024, 14:30 – 17:00
    St John's Church, Llanblethian, CF71 7JF, Church Rd, Cowbridge CF71, UK
    04 Jun 2024, 14:30 – 17:00
    St John's Church, Llanblethian, CF71 7JF, Church Rd, Cowbridge CF71, UK
    Hear familiar organ pieces played by Canon Graham Holcombe and enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake.
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  • Guided Visits Around the Church and Churchyard
    Guided Visits Around the Church and Churchyard
    Sat, 08 Jun
    St John's Church, Llanblethian, CF71 7JF
    08 Jun 2024, 15:00 – 17:00
    St John's Church, Llanblethian, CF71 7JF, Church Rd, Cowbridge CF71, UK
    08 Jun 2024, 15:00 – 17:00
    St John's Church, Llanblethian, CF71 7JF, Church Rd, Cowbridge CF71, UK
    Explore and learn about this beautiful medieval church and churchyard. Visit the vaulted crypt beneath the south chapel where a priest’s grave was discovered during restoration of the church in 1869. Learn about the local men listed on the Llanblethian War Memorial in the church.
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  • 'An Afternoon for Classic Relaxation' by the Sal Ensemble
    'An Afternoon for Classic Relaxation' by the Sal Ensemble
    Sun, 09 Jun
    St John's Church, Llanblethian, CF71 7JF
    09 Jun 2024, 14:30 – 17:00
    St John's Church, Llanblethian, CF71 7JF, Church Rd, Cowbridge CF71, UK
    09 Jun 2024, 14:30 – 17:00
    St John's Church, Llanblethian, CF71 7JF, Church Rd, Cowbridge CF71, UK
    A concert by pupils of Archbishop McGrath Catholic High School, Bridgend featuring some well-known classics performed by soloists and small ensembles, as well as premieres of pupils’ compositions. Refreshments will be served at the end of the concert.
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About

The pre-Norman origins of this church are obscure, but by the late 12th century, the church of Llanblethian, with its three chapels of Welsh St Donats, Llanquian and Llansannor, was among the possessions of the Abbey of Tewkesbury.

In the 13th century, Cowbridge church was built as a chapel of ease to Llanblethian. By the end of the 15th century, Llanblethian was served by a vicar, while Cowbridge was served by a chaplain and a chantry priest.

Both the south chapel (or transept) and the south porch were added to an earlier building in the 14th century.

The imposing battlemented western tower was added in the late 15th century.

Upper and lower doorways in the north wall of the nave once gave access to a stone staircase leading to a rood which spanned the chancel arch. Other medieval survivals include the tub-shaped font, and, in the south chapel, a stone effigy of a civilian recumbent in an attitude of prayer, feet resting on a greyhound.

A vaulted crypt containing a large number of bones was discovered beneath the south chapel during restoration in 1896.

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