the Natural History page for some information on this very rare daffodil that has been planted at Llangiwg
Llangiwg, the building
and local area surrounding the old church, is of outstanding interest for many reasons. It is a
symbol of the continuity of a community with all its social, cultural religious and historical associations. The former church is situated on Barley Hill (locally known as “The Barley”) which
is 688ft./206.4m above sea level. The town of Pontardawe lies about 1.5km to the south east and
the building occupies a sheltered site on the side of The Barley with wonderful views over the local mountains
all the way to Swansea Bay. The Barley reflects the agricultural nature of the area before the advent of industry
in the late 18th and 19th centuries.
The Llangiwg Community Association The church is now in community ownership,
managed by a charitable company, The Llangiwg Community Association. The main purpose of the charity
is to preserve and conserve the former church at Llangiwg for the enjoyment and benefit of the present
and future generations. The church is grade 2 listed and dates back to the 6th Century. The church
was de-consecrated in 2004 and was purchased by the community in 2007. A community association (Friends of Llangiwg)
was established in 2006, to promote social and community activity, with the Llangiwg Community Association
formed in 2008 to undertake the responsibility of the building, its conservation and protection
for future generations. Part of this responsibility is to educate and to increase access to
the church for the wider community, and through this, to increase awareness and to educate the local,
regional and national community in the appreciation of the cultural, historic and natural environment of the area.
Directions to Llangiwg
1. LOCATION - National Grid Reference Number: 272380 205590
Walking route: ... is from the Welsh School at Alltycham Rd, Pontardawe, via the 100 steps
and take the path through the golf course on to the church. Pontardawe Golf Club below, and beyond to the West, magnificent views of Swansea
Bay and Mumbles. To the north we can even see Pen-y-fan and the Brecon Beacons.