This church stands on the site of the "cell" where
St. Illtyd is said to have located in the 6th Century.
The font is Norman design and has a famous story attached to it: Llywarch ap Iestyn was drowned in the font of the Church of Illtud where he was taken for baptism; Rhys ap Tewdwr`s men having come upon them, the Abbot who was baptising him ran away leaving Llewarch in the font, and the child was drowned.
View from the East Bank of
the Neath River. The Towpath of the Neath Canal can be seen
in the foreground. At this point the river is still tidal and the salt
marsh floods at very high tides.
| The large Churchyard
may contain 2 to 3 thousand graves but no plan exists.
Wagstaff family burials are recorded for the period 1718 to 1760 but no
gravestones remain for this period. The Neath Canal was built in 1798 and
this may have destroyed some graves. The earlier part of the graveyard
was grassed in the 1970`s with headstones being moved to the sides and
some laid flat in pathways.
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