St. John's Church, Newton - Photo: David Lewis CCL
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
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’.