Pyle – St Jame’s church

History

The church in Pyle existed since Norman times, but in relation with the blowing of sand from the coastal dunes, at the end of the fourteenth century, a new temple had to be erected inland. For its construction materials from the previous building were used. According to the date placed on the roof of the new church, it was erected in 1471. In 1877, the church was completely renovated, and once again restored in 1891.

Architecture

The church consists of a long, rectangular nave and a narrower and shorter rectangular chancel on the eastern side. The southern wall of the nave shows differences in bricklaying at a height of 1.5 meters, similarly different stones in the chancel suggest various construction campaigns. Perhaps works from the fifteenth century enlarged the much smaller and earlier building standing in this place. The west side of the church is ended by a four-sided, three-storey tower, crowned with a parapet on corbels and a battlement. The original fifteenth century roof truss has survived in it. At the southern entrance to the nave a porch was built. The windows of the church are mostly original: lancet with tracery or one-light and two-light in rectangular frames. Inside the church there is an octagonal baptismal font from the 15th / 16th centuries.

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bibliography:
Website britishlistedbuildings.co.uk, Church of St James, Pyle with Kenfig A Grade I Listed Building in Pyle, Bridgend.