The Castle Inn
a former coaching inn
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. 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, as well as a number of small businesses such as a newsagent, Post Office, a hair salon and two public houses - The Buck and The Castle, as well as Indian restaurant.
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 - 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.
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.
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Swansea Retrieved 9 January 2010