Capel Mair ar y Bryn

by David Nurse December. 01, 2020 497 views

Capel Mair ar y Bryn (The chapel of St Mary on the hill) has been known by many other names over the years such as the Cryke Chaple, Hen Egwlys and just plain Capel Mair, the place of worship, established circa 1470 was built by the monks of Margam and dedicated to St Mary, for the benefit of local peasants who did not have the right to worship in Margam Abbey.

In the later Middle Ages there was a famous statue of the Virgin Mary here and pilgrims came to see it.

The west window and North Wall windows.

The west window and North Wall windows.

After the Reformation, the chapel was used by local Catholics, who worshipped here in secret.

View through the west gate/window to the larger East Window

View through the west gate/window to the larger East Window

The chapel is on a stone ridge and is a circular enclosure, suggesting that it may have been built on the site of an older church.

The Window above the West Door

The Window above the West Door

The west side of the chapel has a door with a window above. There has been some discussion about this window as it's style does not fit in with the rest of the chapel and it is thought to be earlier.

One explanation for this is that the window was brought here from the Abbey to be added when the chapel was built.

The West Window

The West Window

The east window seen here, however, is very much of the style of the time and in undoubtedly original and in keeping with the time.

The East Window

The East Window

The Large East window must have been very impressive for the time.

The north wall has not survived well and there is little in the way of detail.

The south wall has windows but some may have been added at a later date.

South Wall Detail

South Wall Detail

South Wall Detail

South Wall Detail

The chapel stands on an imposing knoll and can be seen from the road and also Margam Country Park.

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Chuck Staruch 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Very informative and interesting. Great photo's describing the architecture. Thanks for sharing!

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David Nurse Replied to Chuck Staruch 6 months ago

Your welcome and thanks for your comments.

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Brian Scott 6 months, 3 weeks ago

Great information David and photos, I've never been up there but, it's on the list.

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David Nurse Replied to Brian Scott 6 months ago

It's a bit of an uphill hike (take the longer route), but worth it, very tranquil.
Thanks for your comments.

6 months ago Edited
Brian Scott Replied to David Nurse 6 months ago

👍 it's not been great for getting out at all recently

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