The Friends of St Illtuds is a group of supporters who give financially toward the upkeep of our church building.

St Illtud’s Church stands on one of the earliest Christian sites in Britain, with a Celtic Christian community being founded by St Illtud about the year 500. Here was Britain’s earliest centre of learning, with a church school and missionary centre, as well as the monastery. In the recently rebuilt Galilee Chapel is an important collection of Celtic Christian stones, particularly the beautiful Houelt Cross. The original parish church, built soon after 1100, is now the West Church. The East Church was added in the 13th century, and contains many items of interest, including the unique Jesse niche, wall paintings and medieval and Tudor effigies. 

St Illtud’s is today a lively and active parish church, attracting pilgrims from all over the world, being drawn by its history and atmosphere of prayer and worship. By joining the Friends, you will be helping to maintain this great building, and supporting particular restoration and development projects. 

If you’d like to become a Friend, read more in the Friends of St Illtud leaflet. (PDF)