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Newton Town Information




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St. John's Church, Newton - Photo © David Lewis
St. John's Church, Newton - Photo: David Lewis CCL
Dating from the 12th century, Newton possessed the only harbour on the coast between Aberthaw and Briton Ferry and became a busy port until a rival harbour was created at nearby Porthcawl in the 19th century. The Jolly Sailor’ Inn is reputed to have been associated with smugglers.

Newton’s limestone church was built as a fortress and was probably founded by the Order of St John of Jerusalem around the 12th century. In the graveyard a headstone marks the resting place of the Rev. John Blackmore, father of Richard Blackmore, author of classic story ‘Lorna Doone’ and ‘The Maid of Sker’.