St. Illtyd's Church


The village of Llanelltyd is scattered along the A470, due north of Dolgellau. There are few chances of employment locally with most people employed by the various councils and some of the service trades in Dolgellau. In the immediate past there has been a decline in agriculture, forestry, and the mining of gold resulting in a lower population, now numbered approx. 140.

Of interest to tourists are some scenic walks, namely the old and new Precipice walks. In the village itself are the substantial remains of Cymer Abbey, and the small church of St Illtyd. This is a small church sited within a roughly circular stone wall. There have been several churches erected since the sixth century, with the walls of the present building dating from the 13th century.

At the present time the main service is the Holy Eucharist held mainly in the English language. The service is held on Sunday mornings at 11.30 am. The average number of communicants is 22. The congregation is 2/3rd English with perhaps a slight increase during the holiday season. Some other services are held at certain festivals. Harvest Thanksgiving, and at Christmas the local school hold their Nativity Play and carol concert. The last week of Advent the Soroptomists hold a very good evening concert.






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