Originally a Celtic site founded around 500 AD and comprised of a Church, Monastery, school and mission centre. The West Church was built by the Normans around 100 and extended into the East Church during the 13th Century.There are two ruined building, the one at the West end is the galilee chapel and a chantry that was founded by the Raglan...more
The town hall was a Norman Manorial Courthouse for the Manor of Boverton and Llantwit Major, It was rebuilt under the Lordship of Jasper Tudor (Uncle of King Henry VIII). it then became a Guild hall (while Henry VIII was on the throne) and then the Bailiff's house. In the 1830’s the church leased the upper rooms to the 'Oddfellows' who carried out...more
The Old Swan Inn is an early 16th century public house in the centre of town and was the towns mint for a short period in the mid seventeenth century when the Inkeeper Edward Maddocks was allowed to produce his own brass coins. This attractive building was once Thatched and was owned by the Raglan Family. We called in for a drink after having a...more
The Old Swan was an early 16th Century Tavern. During the Civil war period, the Innkeeper, Edward Maddocks struck brass tokens here gaining the house a reputation as a mint. Monthly manorial courts were sometimes held here including the last court Leet. The Old Swan was was also a popular inn for American visitors before the 1939-45 war when St....more
St Illtud's Church, which was described by described by John Wesley in 1777 as "the most beautiful as well as the most spacious church in Wales". It has a very long history, people have worshipped here for about 1500 years. Illtud, a Welsh Monk founded a church, monastery and school here about the year 500. Illtud was one of the earliest Celtic...more
The town square is centred around an old preaching cross, which is now the war memorial. Around it is a group of Tudor buildings, erected when the town had to be rebuilt following a visit with fire and sword by Owain Glyndwr soon after 1400.There are a number of great village pub surrounding the square including the White Hart which was originally...more
Thee two buildings that are the Old Swan Inn and the White Hart Inn are the same age and were built as houses, though the Old Swan claims to be the oldest pub in Llantwit Major.They face each other across the the square.I t was said to have been a mint as the landlord Edward Maddocks struck brass tokens for his workers during the Civil War.more
The stone built Town Hall stands on Burial lLane where it joins another road, thus forming a triangle. It is of two stories , the upper reached by steep stone steps. It was originally a manorial courthouse. Under Jasper Tudor it was rebuilt as a Guildhall , and then a bailiff's house. It was taken over by the town council in 1894.The landlord of...more
There is a large ruin overlooking the village, which is on the outskirts of Llantwit Major. It was enclosed and a barred door could not be opened.It certainly looks very ruined so perhaps entrance is not permitted because it is dangerous.The building belonged to the Seys family and when the last heiress married and moved to Froomn, it fell into...more
The grave yard has been well kept and many graves have recent offerings of flowers. Many of the gravestones date back to the 16oos though if of sandstone may have suffered from the elements and be difficult to read. there is a tall 'cross' with an unusual top dominating the graveyard. In a corner of the church walls is a railed off grave.more
Like many beaches in this area, the beach is pebbles but when the tide is out, there is a stretch of sand. The tide can be dangerous with undertow , but lifeguards are vigilant and warn bathers and paddlers when this occurs.It is not easy for those who are elderly or unstable on their feet as the beach is reached by clambering over...more
The tearoom is on a corner of the main street towatds the town Square end. There are sofas for those who want to relax and have a cup of tea and coffee. Tables are available for those having snacks.
Service was slow
When the food arrived it was plentiful.
The menu has choice of 5 varieties of soup, baguettes, panini, hot dishes like lasagne, vegetarian dishes, cakes,,,,,
Favorite Dish: I had a mushroom melt- a baguette with mushrooms and mozarella cheese, and some salad. A cup of hot chocolate with the works- piled high with fresh whipped cream and marshmallows.
Tasty and delicious.
Llantwit major is a beach along the Glamorgan coast beyond Barry. We were told it had a nice beach, which is partly true, once you scramble down to the sand over large boulders. Not for those unsteady on their feet.
There are cliffs behind the beach, which are badly eroded and likely to fall.
Springs run down across the sand, so it is wet even when the tide is out. There are shallow pools covered in green seaweed where children can poke around for shells.
The sea itself is a bit dangerous as there are strong currents, and soft sand. It is a popular bay with windsurfers apparently.In summer a lifeguard is on duty and warns you if you are in a dangerous area and directs you to the safe area.
Above the beach is a cafe Frank's where you can get fish and chips, other snack, or icecream [advertised as the tastiest].
Although there were quite a lot of people it was not crowded like Barry, and more private.