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Welsh: Silstwn
St Giles Church
Location: 51°23’38"N, 3°24’43"W
Post town: Barry
Postcode: CF62
Dialling code: 01446
Local Government
Council: Vale of Glamorgan
Vale of Glamorgan

Gileston is a small village near West Aberthaw in the Vale of Glamorgan.


It is located some 15 miles along the coast from Cardiff and lies between Barry and Llantwit Major. Breaksea Point is the southernmost point of Wales.

Amenities & History

Thatched cottage

A quaint old village itself, (still having one of the few remaining red telephone boxes) it is juxtaposed in contrast to the modern Aberthaw Power Station which lies on the waterfront nearby.

Barry Golf Club, The Leys, Gileston, (now defunct) was founded in 1897/8. In 1917 a new professional arrived at Barry Golf Club by the name of David James Rees. His four-year-old son, Dai Rees, learned the game there and went on to become a legend in world golf, captaining the British Ryder Cup team which beat America in 1957. The club and course was lost in 1957 when Aberthaw Power Station was built on the site.[1]

Gileston/West Aberthaw beach overlooking Limpert Bay still has a number of pillboxes which still stand from World War II. It has the arable farm of the Thomas family who have farmed the surrounding land for over 100 years.

The village is tiny and previously consisted of little more than the church and the Gileston Manor. In 1771 the Bishop of Llandaff recorded that the population consisted of the rector and his family (who was also the squire of the manor house); a farmer, his wife, son and four servants; an old man and an old woman.[2]



  1. “Barry Golf Club”, “Golf’s Missing Links”.
  2. Francis, Keith A.; Gibson, William (2012), The Oxford Handbook of the British Sermon 1689-1901, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-958359-0. Chapter 11 'Sermons in Wales in the Established Church' by John Morgan Guy

Outside links

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