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St John the Baptist's Church

Church St, Newton, Porthcawl, CF36 5PD

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Open 10am - 4pm each day

Holy Communion - Sunday 11.15am

Tuesday 10.30.  Friday 10.30

Everyone welcome

Bells to be rung at start of the event on Saturday 1st June and at 4pm on Saturday 8th June.


Tea, coffee and biscuits (and cake if we are lucky) served in The Old School Room across from the church each day from 11am - 3pm.


A guided tour of the church at 12 noon each day.


A Children’s Treasure Trail

No upcoming events at the moment


Saint John’s church was originally dual-purpose. It was designed by the Normans for worship AND for defence against the Welsh and marauding Irish pirates.


The tower originally had a flat roof and the eight corbels jutting out on the east side suggest the presence of a look-out platform or possibly a roofed-in platform for archers.

The mensa, or table-stone, is some 2½ metres long. Stone altars were commanded to be destroyed during the reign of Edward VI (1548-1553) but somehow this one survived.

The East Window showing Jesus as King of Kings flanked by Saint Peter and Saint John is by Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898). Like the pulpit, the Christ here is beardless.


The large ‘Saint Francis’ window and the ‘Luke & John’ window are both good 20th century work, as is the War Memorial window near the tower, a complex and colourful work by Halliday.

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Wheelchair accessible church and churchyard

Small carpark in front of the church. Large car park behind the Ancient Briton public house, opposite the church by kind permission of Rod and Sian.

5min walk from St Clare's Convent School bus stop on Bridgend Rd (X2 bus).

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