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Old church of St Baglan

A Grade II Listed Building in Baglan, Neath Port Talbot

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Latitude: 51.6156 / 51°36'56"N

Longitude: -3.8016 / 3°48'5"W

OS Eastings: 275358

OS Northings: 192286

OS Grid: SS753922

Mapcode National: GBR H3.9DGJ

Mapcode Global: VH5GV.2N2C

Plus Code: 9C3RJ58X+69

Entry Name: Old church of St Baglan

Listing Date: 12 November 1952

Last Amended: 31 January 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14146

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: On the NE side of the churchyard of St Catharine.

County: Neath Port Talbot

Community: Baglan

Community: Baglan

Built-Up Area: Port Talbot

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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St Baglan was a pre-Norman foundation although the earliest discernible features of the present building are late medieval. Photographs of the interior show it to have had a ceiled wagon roof and box pews, which were installed in 1824. The surviving openings in the nave also appear to belong to this date. The church was replaced by St Catharine in 1882 and was gutted by fire in 1954.


Rubble-stone single-cell church now roofless and overgrown. The E window is 3-light Perpendicular. The chancel S wall has a 3-light flat-headed Tudor window with plain lights but with a hood mould and head stops. The nave S wall has 2 early C19 windows with rounded heads and thin voussoirs. The openings to the W side are also early C19 and comprise a round-headed doorway with window above. A gabled double bellcote stands on the apex. Window details are not visible on the N side where the wall does not survive to its full height. Traces of plaster can be seen on the interior walls but the interior is inaccessible.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for architectural interest as a substantial fragment of a pre Victorian church, and for group value with St Catharine's church and its churchyard wall.
Scheduled Ancient Monument Gm 428.

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