Coity – St Mary’s Church

History

Church of St. Mary in Coity was founded in the fourteenth century, probably by the lords of a nearby castle, members of the Turberville family. In the sixteenth century it was rebuilt, then a tower was established. A major renovation was carried out in 1860.

Architecture

The church was erected in the English decorated gothic style, on a cruciform plan with a tower at the intersection of the nave and transepts. The eastern chancel is slightly lower and narrower and shorter than the nave. On the south side, the porch adjoins the nave. The church has two and three-light ogival windows with traceries. A single entrance portal is located on the west side, two on the south side. All parts of the church (nave, chancel, transepts) are covered with slate gable roofs. The tower is topped with a battlement on the parapet with protruding corbels.

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bibliography:
Wooding J., Yates N., A Guide to the churches and chapels of Wales, Cardiff 2011.
Website britishlistedbuildings.co.uk, Church of St Mary A Grade I Listed Building in Coity Higher (Coety Uchaf), Bridgend.