St Illtyd’s church is without doubt the oldest standing building in Blaenau Gwent. The large, roughly circular churchyard is an indication of a pre-Norman foundation date and the earliest written reference to the church is found in a poem of the 9th or 10th centuris in an ancient manuscript known as “The Black Book of Carmarthen”. Most of the present church probably belongs to the 13th and 14th centuries, though the font may have belonged to the original pre-Norman building.
We meet every first Tuesday of the month at the “Old Church”, we would love you to join us. See you at 7:00 pm, if you are a bit nervous about coming in on your own drop us an email and we’ll get someone to meet you.
Known locally as the “Old Church”, the building is cared for by the Friends of St. Illtyd’s. The aims of the Friends are:
How to Get to Us
On the mountain road between Pontypool and Aberbeeg.
OS Grid Reference: SO 217 019
Set your Sat-nav to NP13 2AY or call 01495 320367
The church is open every Sunday afternoon from Easter to the end of August
2:30 – 4.30 p.m.
The Friends meet on the first Tuesday of the month at the church at 7.00 p.m.
The Friends of St Illtyd,
Tel.: 01495 355972 or 07050 602427