St Brides Major – St Bridget’s church

History

The first mention of the church of St. Bridget in St. Brides Major concerns the year 1141, when Maurycy de Londonia handed it over to the church of St. Peter in Gloucester. It was erected on a small hill towering over a road, already used by the Romans and then by the Normans, as a connection to the nearby Ogmore Castle. In the fourteenth century church was rebuilt, and further enlarged by a tower in the next century. In 1851, it was thoroughly restored, the sacristy and the porch were added, and the rood screen was removed.

Architecture

The church consists of a rectangular nave and a lower and narrower, rectangular chancel with an unusual, large length. From the west side there is a four-sided tower, reinforced with corner buttresses and crowned with crenelage and a parapet on corbels. It was erected in the 15th century in the perpendicular gothic style. In the southern wall of the chancel and the northern, hidden inside the sacristy, 14th-century windows have been preserved. The windows of the nave, unfortunately, were transformed in the nineteenth century. On the north side, the porch was placed next to the nave. Inside the church, there is a 13th-century tombstone of Sir John le Botiler of Dunraven and an unknown priest. In the presbytery there is a timber, collar roof truss from the 16th-17th century.

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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 Bridget A Grade II* Listed Building in St Brides Major, Vale of Glamorgan.
Website parish.churchinwales.org.uk, The Story of St Bridget’s Church, St Brides Major.