St Teilo’s Church

St Teilos Church TowerSt Teilo’s is situated at the head of the beautiful Bishopston Valley which is found on the magnificent Gower Peninsula near Swansea in South Wales.

The Gower Peninsula was the first area in Wales to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The rugged valley of the Bishopston stream (which runs past our gateway) winds for about two and a half miles, all the way to Pwlldu Bay. It is the property of the National Trust and is accessible by footpaths only.
The Parish Church of St.Teilo occupies the site of one of the earliest Christian settlements in Wales. The old Welsh name of the village was Llandeilo Ferwallt. Which means “Church of St.Teilo in Ferwallt” –which has a number of interpretations.

According to the Book of Llandaff, the church dates back to 460-490 A.D. when Teilo established a Llan ( Church) hidden in a dell above the stream. This was an enclosure, probably no more than a simple wooden fenced area, open to the sky, where the faithful met for worship and to celebrate the Eucharist. Later, a cell or small Chapel was constructed on the site.

In the year AD 1130 the Pope settled the patronage of the Church on the Bishop of Llandaff and it remained in that Diocese until 1920. Thus Bishopston derives its name from having been, “the Bishops Town”, an Episcopal Manor with its Court Leet, until 1923.

The Church, dedicated to St.Teilo, still keeps its ”mapsant” or Patron Saint’s Day which is on the 9th of February.

If you would like to visit us, you would be very welcome. To see a map from Multimap, click here. (N.B. If you are coming from further afield, use the zoom facility within Multimap, to locate the Church within Bishopston, or Swansea etc).

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