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Church:St Teilo's Church Gower

Church, free entry

Church Lane,
Bishopston,
Swansea,
SA3 3DQ

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This tiny Norman church nestling in a wooded Gower valley has a thriving membership. worship is always in the morning with services at 10.00am on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month and at 8.30 am and 10.00 am on the fourth. It also holds weekly service at 9.30 am Thursday mornings at its own volunteer-staffed bookshop - The lamplighter - in the centre of the village of Bishopston.

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.

Accepts groups

Children welcome

Open all the time

Prices

Free entry

Contact

Peter Brooks

Address

Church Lane,
Bishopston,
Swansea,
SA3 3DQ

Directions

Plan route to St Teilo's Church Gower using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SS 577893  Lat: 51.58477 Long: -4.05389

By Road:
See above Take South Gower route to Bishopston, Ask for Church Lane.

Facilities

  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome