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The Castle Inn
a former coaching inn
Location: 51°41’31"N, 4°-0’43"W
Post town: Swansea
Postcode: SA4
Dialling code: 01792
Local Government
Council: Swansea

Pontlliw is a village in western Glamorgan, close to the border with Carmarthenshire. It lies seven miles north-west of Swansea between the neighbouring villages Penllergaer and Pontarddulais. The village had a population of 2,075 in 2001.[1] The village is located near Pontarddulais, off Junction 47 of the M4 motorway.

The name of the village comes from the Welsh-language word for bridge (pont) and the name of the River Lliw which runs through the village.

Pontlliw has a primary school,[2] as well as a number of small businesses such as a newsagent, Post Office, a hair salon and two public houses - The Buck[3] and The Castle, as well as Indian restaurant.[4]

Pontlliw has one active chapel, Carmel Baptist which runs activities throughout the week. These include active children's and youth work.

The village also is home to Pontarddulais Golf Club[5] - which lies within the boundaries of Pontlliw despite its name featuring neighbouring village Pontarddulais. The 9-hole course opened in the 1990s under the name Allt y Graban.[6]

Pontlliw Village Hall is regularly used to stage theatrical performances and concerts as well as classes run by local groups [7] including Mark Jermin Stage School [8]

Notable residents

Pontlliw is the birthplace of Gareth Roberts, the former Wales rugby union player. Other notable residents with a rugby connection include Mervyn 'the Swerve' Davies, who lived in Vernon Close and Paul Thorburn, who lived in Heol Y Waun during the early 1990s.[9]


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