Wales

The CSJ holds very little data on Saint James in Wales, if you are able to contribute any information, or images to the Flickr group, we should be very grateful.

In particular we are advised that there are six pilgrim stones extant in Wales, one is in Llandyfodwg church, but we have no details of the other five.

Blaenau Gwent

Ebbw Vale, Saint James Methodist Church, modern building, date unknown.  No known depictions of Saint James. More information would be very helpful.  Image of church can be seen at churches-uk-ireland.org.

Tredegar, Church of Saint James. Built 1891 to serve increasing population – see Blaenau Gwent Council for details. No known depictions of Saint James. More information would be very helpful.  Image of church can be seen at churches-uk-ireland.org.

Back To Top

Bridgend

Blaengarw, Church of Saint James, now a private house.  Built 1890, closed 2004.  No known depictions of Saint James. Information can be found at Archives Wales.   Image can be found at Geograph.org.

Llandyfodwg, Church of Saint Tyfodwg.  Thought to have been founded in the 6th century, the present building dates from the 13th and 14th centuries and is situated on an ancient pilgrim path to St David’s. Inside the church is a medieval stone carving of a pilgrim with a staff and bag, and various emblems such as crossed keys, shell and crosses,  perhaps indicating journeys to Rome, Santiago and to the Holy Land. Information can be found at Parish Website.   Image and information can be found at Hellohistoria.blogspot.

Porthcawl, Arlington Road Presbyterian Church.  1925.  Contains stained glass window of Christ in Glory with other saints, including Saint James (hat with shell, staff with gourd). Images of window at Stained Glass in Wales website.

Pyle, Church of Saint James.  1471 with 19th century restoration, built to replace an earlier church of Saint James at Kenfig when that settlement was inundated with sand.  Information at British Listed Buildings, information and images at Parish Website and Kenfig.org. Contains 1950 stained glass window of Saint James. Image of window at Stained Glass in Wales website.

Back To Top

Caerphilly

Rudry, Church of Saint James.  First mentioned 1295, chapel of ease to Bedwas parish until 1914. Substantial 19th century restoration with 20th century repairs and re-roofing. No known depictions of Saint James.  There is a legend that Oliver Cromwell once spent the night in the church during the Civil War.  Information can be found at British Listed Buildings and Parish Website.   Image can be found at geograph.org.

Back To Top

Cardiff

Cardiff

  • Church of Saint James the Great, corner of Newport and Glossop Roads, Adamsdown.  1890-94.  Closed in 2006 and converted into private apartments., including a 7-floor flat in the tower and spire. Saint James in stained glass window. Information can be found at British Listed Buildings and Wikipedia.  Images can be found at Stained Glass in Wales.
  • Church of Saint John the Baptist, St John Street near covered market.   The oldest church in Cardiff, built in 1180 and significantly rebuilt in the 15th century after being damaged in the Owain Glyndwr rebellion. Saint James in William Morris 1869 stained glass window (hat, staff, palm branch). Information and images can be found at British Listed Buildings,  Church Website and Wikipedia, more images can be found at  and Stained Glass in Wales.

Back To Top

Carmarthenshire

Rhos, Church of Saint James, thought to be early 20th century.  Very little information available, more would be welcome.  Image can be seen at geograph.org.

Back To Top

Ceredigion

Cwmann, church of Saint James.  No information available, except address at churchinwales.org and image available at geograph.com.  More details please!

Tregaron, fair of Saint James 1292 by charter ©Samantha Letters, Online Gazetteer of Markets and Fairs in England and Wales to 1516 WALES 2007.

Back To Top

Conwy

Deganwy, church of Saint James.  Built as a mission church in 1880 (some websites state 1800, but 1880 looks more likely), the local population soon outgrew it and it was replaced by the larger All Saints on a nearby site in 1899.  The building was used as a school until 1939.  It is not known when it was demolished but the site is now occupied by houses. The website deganwyhistory.co.uk has information in PDF format about church and image here, and more information about church and location here.

Also of interest:

Ysbyty Ifan, pilgrim hospice.  Set up by the Knights of Saint John, Order of Hospitallers in 1190 to care for pilgrims using the various routes criss-crossing from Holywell, Bardsey Island, Bangor and the Cistercian monasteries.  Following the Dissolution the church continued as the parish church of Saint John but was rebuilt in the 19th century.  See Wikipedia for details.

Back To Top

Denbighshire

Llantysilio, Church of Saint Tysilio.  12th century origins, substantially rebuilt 15th century, north transept added 18th century with 19th and 20th century repairs and alterations.  Saint James is depicted in a 15th century stained glass window (hat and bag).   Information and images at British Listed Buildings.  More images of church, including window, at http://nbarmadillo.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/valle-crucis-abbey-and-other-local.html 

Nantglyn, Church of Saint James.  A church is first mentioned here in 13th century origins, substantially rebuilt 18th century with major 19th repairs and alterations. No known depictions of Saint James.   Information at Denbighshire Churches Survey, information and images at British Listed Buildings.   The churchyard has an open-air pulpit in a yew tree, reputed to have been used by John Wesley.

Also of Interest:

Please see here a very informative PDF from Denbighshire Council about medieval Denbighshire with mentions of holy wells and pilgrim routes, particularly the route from Clawdd Newydd to Betws Gwerfil Goch which connects St Davids to Holywell.

Please note:

Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Church of Saint Cynfarch & Saint Mary.  The Saint James depicted in an 1890 Kempe stained glass window has been identified as Saint James the Great, but the attribute of a fuller’s club would indicate Saint James the Less.

Back To Top

Flintshire

Holywell

  • Church of Saint James.  A church has stood on this site since the 7th century and was originally dedicated to Saint Winefride, and is adjacent to Saint Winefride’s well. This building dates from the 14th century and was substantially rebuilt in the 18th century with further 19th and 20th century alterations. The church seems to have been dedicated to Saint James at the time of the 18th century rebuilding.  No known depictions of Saint James. Information at History Points, Flintshire Churches Survey and British Listed Buildings, image at geograph.org.
  • Saint Winefride’s Well.  A very important place of pilgrimage since the 7th century, known as the Lourdes of Wales, and the only shrine in Britain not to have been completely destroyed in the Reformation. See Wikipedia, British Listed Buildings and saintwinefrideswell.com for information and images.
  • RC Church of Saint Winefride, 19th century.  Saint James depicted in stained glass in Saint Winefride’s Chapel (pilgrim hat with shell, staff).  Information about church at British Listed Buildings, image of window on Flickr.

Llanasa, Church of Saint Asaph and Saint Cyndeyrn. 15th century with later additions.  Contains medieval glass which is understood to have come from Basingwerk Abbey in Holywell after the Reformation, one light depicts Saint James with knapsack or hat slung on his back, book and staff.  See British Listed Buildings, History Points, Parish Website and Stained Glass in Wales for information and images.

New Brighton (Mold), Church of Saint James.  1893, daughter church to the parish of Saint Mary.  No known depictions of Saint James. Information and images can be found at GENUKI and Parish Website. Image at geograph.org.

Back To Top

Gwynedd

Bangor, RC Church of Our Lady and Saint James.  Built 1864-66 as the Anglican church of Saint James, this passed into the ownership of the Roman Catholic church in 1996.  No known depictions of Saint James.  For information see British Listed Buildings, Bangor Civic Society (copy of church guidebook) and image on geograph.org.

Glan-yr-Afon (also listed as Llandderfel and Llawr y Betws), Church of Saint James the Great.  Built 1861-64 as memorial church for Sir Robert and Lady Williames-Vaughan of Rug.  No known depictions of Saint James.  For information and images see British Listed Buildings.

Back To Top

Merthyr Tydfil

Pentrebach, Church of Saint James (now demolished).  Built in 1850s as a school, appears to have become a church around 1890.  Deconsecrated in 1979.  Site is listed as Brown Street which is now a supermarket.  More information welcome, especially about location which is approximate on our map for now.  Information at GENUKI and information and images at http://www.alangeorge.co.uk/st_james_pentrebach.htm

Back To Top

Monmouthshire

Devauden, Church of Saint James the Great, built as a school 1814, converted to church 1827.  No known depictions of Saint James.  See British Listed Buildings for information, Village Website and geograph.org for information and images.

Llanarth, RC Church of Saint Mary and Saint Michael, built late 18th century by Herbert family of Llanarth Court as a private chapel, the building has since been donated to the Roman Catholic church.  Saint James depicted in early 16th century stained glass from Cologne.  See Church website and Stained Glass in Wales for information and images.

Llangua, Church of Saint James, this building late 15th century, but name suggests a pre-Norman church stood here, dedicated to Saint Ciwa.  Was once the church for Llangua Priory (founded before 1183).  The church was restored in the 19th century and again in 1955.  Painted wooden figure of Saint James (hat with shell, boots, scrip, staff and book).  See British Listed Buildings for information, Janice Lane’s fantastic photo album on Flickr for images.  The CSJ also has a leaflet and some photographs on file in the office.

Llanvetherine, Church of Saint James the Elder, this building is mainly late 15th century, but name suggests a pre-Norman church stood here, dedicated to Saint Gwytherin.   See British Listed Buildings for information, see geograph.org for a variety of exterior images.

Penallt Old Church, dedication unknown but there is a local tradition that says it is Saint James.  There is evidence of an early medieval church, but most of the current building is late 15th/early 16th century with 19th and 20th century restorations. Saint James is depicted in a modern stained glass window.  See British Listed Buildings for information and image of exterior, see Stay In Wales website for an image of the window.  There is also a Pilgrimage Tapestry on display (installed 1992); the CSJ has a leaflet about this but unfortunately no images.

Wyesham, Church of Saint James, built 1875 with a tower of 1890.   Saint James reported depicted in East Window (the Calling of Saint James) but no details/image available. See British Listed Buildings  and Benefice website for information, see geograph.org for an exterior image.

Back To Top

Neath Port Talbot

Crynant, Church of Saint Margaret, 1909/10.  Contains two depictions of Saint James in stained glass in the East window – a figure of Saint James with a staff, and a scene just before martyrdom with Josias the constable. The glass is by Celtic Studios (1951 -1966). See Dulais Valley Heritage for information and Stained Glass in Wales for images.

Resolven, Church of Saint David, 1850.  Saint James depicted in 1869 stained glass in the East window – a Crucifixion with a figure of Saint James with a book, staff and gourd.  See The Church in Wales website for information and an image of the window.  The CSJ would appreciate a clearer digital image of the window for the Flickr group.

Back To Top

Pembrokeshire

Castlemartin, Church of Saint Michael and All Angels (now closed).  13th century.  Saint James is depicted in a window believed to date from around 1850 (staff with gourd, book). Information and images of church at British Listed Buildings, image of window at Stained glass in Wales.

Dale, Church of Saint James.  Late medieval tower, 18th century nave and chancel, 19th century restoration.  Saint James is depicted as a pilgrim in the East window (hat, shell, scrip, staff). Information at Dale Coastland History, information and images of church at British Listed Buildings, we do not have an image of the window.

Manorbier, Church of Saint James.  12th century.  The Martyrdom of Saint James is depicted in a 1902 window (Saint James wears a robe with shells). Information and images of church at British Listed Buildings, image of window at Stained glass in Wales.

Reynalton, Church, believed to be dedicated to Saint James.  Medieval with 19th century restoration.  No known depictions of Saint James. Information and exterior image of church at British Listed Buildings.

Stackpole, Church of Saint James and Saint Elidyr.  Probably 12th century in origin with 19th century restoration.  No known depictions of Saint James. Information (particularly about dedication) at Benefice Website, information and many images of church at British Listed Buildings.

Walwyn’s Castle, Church of Saint James the Great.  Medieval but substantially rebuilt 19th century.  No known depictions of Saint James. Information and images of church at British Listed Buildings.

Also of Interest:

Nevern, Pilgrim Cross.  Cut into rock face near the Church of Saint Brynach.  Age unknown, see the Journal of Antiquities for information and Sites and Stones blog for images.

Back To Top

Powys

Llanidloes, Church of Saint Idloes, this building dates from 14th century.  Saint James depicted in late 19th century stained glass (staff with gourd, book).  See British Listed Buildings for information and Stained Glass in Wales for information and an image of the window.

Llantwrtyd Wells, Church of Saint James, built in 1896 as a mission church to accommodate the increased population (Llantwrtyd Wells had become a spa town in the late 18th century and the railway arrived in the 1860s).  No known depictions of Saint James.  See Show me Wales and Benefice Website for information and http://www.websites.welshhome.net/sidonbuilth/llanwrtydt.htm for multiple images.

Back To Top

Rhondda Cynon Taf

Llwydcoed, Church of Saint James, 1895.  No known depictions of Saint James.  For information see British Listed Buildings, for multiple images see Cynon Culture website.

Taff’s Well, Church of Saint Mary and Saint James, late 19th century? Possibly the amalgamation of two chapels of ease? Further information would be helpful. No known depictions of Saint James.  For information see The Church in Wales website, for image see Geograph.org.

Back To Top

Swansea

Swansea, Church of Saint Mary, medieval with 19th century restoration and substantial rebuilding and reconsecration following WWII bomb/fire damage. Saint James is depicted in stained glass window with staff and shell above head.  See Stained Glass in Wales for an image of the window.

Uplands, Church of Saint James, 1867, chapel of ease to parish of Saint Mary, became parish in its own right in 1985.  Saint James is depicted in stained glass window.  See British Listed Buildings for information, Church website for information and images, Stained Glass in Wales for an image of the window, and Geograph.org for an exterior image of the church.

Back To Top

Torfaen

Pontypool, Church of Saint James (now disused and in private hands).  Built 1821 to cater for a growing English-speaking population, enlarged in 1854.  There were plans in 2014 to convert it to a cultural/community centre.   No known depictions of Saint James.  See British Listed Buildings for information and South Wales Argus for images and details of the development plans.

Back To Top

Vale of Glamorgan

Leckwith, Church of Saint James. Built in 1820 to replace the medieval church of Saint Dochdwy, this was itself replaced by a larger church of Saint Dochdwy in 1866.  The church building still exists, converted into two house. See Parish and Community Council websites for information, Geograph.org for an image.

Llanquian, Chapel of Saint James, medieval, now absorbed into farm buildings.  See p.263 of An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in Glamorgan: Volume III: Medieval ... and Welsh Journals 1978.  The location on the CSJ map is approximate, more details/images would be welcome.

Wick, Church of Saint James. Early 12th century with 1871 restoration.  No known depictions of Saint James.  See British Listed Buildings for information and Benefice website for information and images.

 

Back To Top

Wrexham

Rhosddu (Wrexham), Church of Saint James, 1874-5.  No known depictions of Saint James.  See British Listed Buildings for information, Wikipedia and Church website for information and images.

Back To Top