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The Parish Church of St Cadoc

Cadoxton-juxta-Neath is a village and parish just outside the town of Neath in Glamorgan. It borders the villages of Cilfrew and Bryncoch. The village has 1,684 residents[1]


The village name Cadoxton is a contraction of Cadoc's-town, which derives from the parish church, located in the centre of the village, which is dedicated to St Cadoc. The village developed its fuller name, Cadoxton-juxta-Neath, in order to differentiate it from another Cadoxton in Glamorgan, Cadoxton near Barry (also known as Cadoxton-juxta-Barry).

Village character

The village consists of a main road of approximately two miles running from the outskirts of the town of Neath to the village of Cilfrew, with smaller streets and housing estates feeding off. Cadoxton is home to two pubs, two newsagents and a park located in the centre of the village. Also in the village there is a community centre, a church hall, a garden centre, a funeral home and a guest house. Cadoxton was once home to a brewery, but this has now closed and new housing areas have been built up, seemingly closing the boundary between the village and the town of Neath. Housing in Cadoxton is mainly a mixture of relatively affluent estates consisting of detached housing, and smaller more traditional terraced accommodation.

Also located in the village is Neath Golf Club, the course where past Ryder Cup player and captain Brian Huggett played as a junior.

The church

The fine church of St Cadoc's is mentioned by famous 'Tramp Poet' W. H. Davies in his "Poet's Pilgrimage". Passing through Cadoxton, on his way to Aberdulais, Davies was overcome by his unexpected discovery in the churchyard of the large gravestone recording the "SAVAGE MURDER" of one Margaret Williams in 1822 and promising its unknown perpetrator a "TERRIBLE RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT" [2]


  1. "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 12 April 2015. 
  2. Davies, W. H. 1918, A Poet's Pilgrimage, London, Melrose, pp. 82-84.

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