In 1850 and 1851 it would prove foolish to have built a church so close to the sea. In those years, two horrific storms would hit the area. In 1851, the chancel was destroyed with the church footings left hanging over an abyss. The graveyard was severely damaged. Much of the ground itself was washed away, exposing bodies and coffins which were washed into the sea. To this day, divers can still find some of the headstones that were washed away during those storms.
The churchyard was hit by three quite spectacular storms, in 1850, 1851 and by the Great Storm of 1859.
Photo by John Tose
In parts of Wales, the 1859 storm is still referred to as The Royal Charter Storm.