St-Illtyd's-Church A medieval church with 800 years of fascinating history will open its doors to visitors as part of a series of events celebrating the heritage of Rhondda Cynon Taf.
St Illtyd’s Church in Church Village is a medieval building on an ancient church site with historic remains from at least the 13th century. The site also has Interesting monuments in the church yard with strong links to local history.
On Saturday September 7th there will be historic tours of the church and cemetery and help will be on hand to research the parish records for those looking to discover more about their family history.
The opening of St Illtyd’s Church is part of the “Open Doors” initiative which celebrates the country’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, working in partnership with various organisations and individuals, are making this year’s Open Doors event the best yet.
During the month local residents and visitors to the area will be able to view the interior of a whole host of fascinating buildings which played important roles in the development of the entire County Borough.
Cabinet Member for Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Cllr. Robert Bevan explained, “Open Doors will include a number of churches and chapels being open, historical talks and tours and some rare opportunities to see inside and gain an insight into buildings that are not normally open to the public. I’m sure the many activities will entertain, inspire and educate all those who are fortunate enough to learn more about our wonderful County Borough.”
St Illtyd’s Church will be open on Saturday September 7th from 10am to 5pm. The church offers level access for wheelchair users but the church yard is more difficult to access for those with mobility limitations.
St Illtyd’s Church is on St Illtyd’s Road, Church Village. Turn at Fagin’s Public House or up Church Road from A473 main road, Tonteg.
For further information on the activities taking place as part of the Open Doors project, visit the events sections at www.heritagetrailsrct.co.uk