Hidden history

Thu 11 May 2023

The front of the Almshouses in Neath

Have you ever driven past this unusual building in Neath and wondered about its history?

The Llewellyn Almshouse is a registered charity, managed by Tai Tarian on behalf of a board of trustees.

The property is a Grade II listed building with incredible features inside and out. The building is made up of eight cottages and two flats. It features original stained-glass windows, sweeping beams across the ceilings, beautiful stone framed windows and original ironmongery.

It was constructed in memory of Griffith Llewellyn, by his widow Madeline in 1897, for single and widowed ladies of the church.

The Llewellyn family have historical links across South Wales, as land and property owners, but they were also land agents of the Margam estate for over a century.

The family owned Baglan Hall (demolished in 1952 to create an open space, now Baglan Park) and also the Court Colman Manor in Bridgend, a historic Tudor building.

The family were known as the “Llewellyns of Baglan and Court Colman”.

Leah Manna is part of the team at Tai Tarian who help manage the building:
“The Almshouse is a listed building so we always have to be mindful of the restrictions in place to preserve it. It has so much character and unique features it never fails to take my breath away, made extra special by the lovely ladies that live there.”

Resident Sheila said:
“I love it here, the place has so much character and there’s a lovely sense of community with the ladies who live here, we all look out for each other.”

Come with us on a tour of the Almshouse