st illtyds church

Friends of St. Illtyd’s Church

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.

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Known locally as the “Old Church”, the building is cared for by the Friends of St. Illtyd’s.  The aims of the Friends are:


  • To look after the building and its setting.
  • To welcome visitors and tourists as well as local people.
  • To use the building for concerts and events throughout the year.
  • To research, publish and publicise the history of St Illtyd’s and the locality.

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,


St Illtyd,



NP13 2AY

Tel.: 01495 355972 or 07050 602427