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St Samled's Church

The Parish Church of St Samled
Llansamlet, Glamorgan

Photography by John Ball - 8 January 2000
(with Sony Mavica MVC-FD91 digital camera)

The tower of St Samled's Church is a landmark for miles around in the lower Swansea Valley. The parish of Llansamlet was well established by the end of the 17th century, but the present church building is more recent. The village, about four miles to the northeast of Swansea, prospered in the 19th century because of the nearby coal mines and iron works.

Left: St Samled's bell tower.

St Samled's Church

Above: The approach to the church from the north-east, along Walters Road, Llansamlet.

St Samled's ChurchSt Samled's Church

Above: Closer views of the church, showing the east window and tower.

St Samled's Church

Above: Low winter sunshine illuminates the bell tower, standing tall
above the brambles at the southern boundary of the graveyard.

St Samled's Church

Above: The west window, south entrance, and bell tower, seen
through the leafless branches of the churchyard trees.

St Samled's Church

Above: The church viewed from the south-west, through the well-populated graveyard.

Graveyard and Swansea Valley

Above: To the north, beyond the rows of gravestones, are the mountains.
Between them lie Pontardawe and the upper Swansea Valley.

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