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Photography by John Ball - 8 January 2000 (with Sony Mavica MVC-FD91 digital camera)

The tower of St Samled's Church is a landmark for miles around in the lower Swansea Valley. The parish of Llansamlet was well established by the end of the 17th century, but the present church building is more recent. The village, about four miles to the northeast of Swansea, prospered in the 19th century because of the nearby coal mines and iron works.

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St Samled's bell tower.

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The approach to the church from the north-east, along Walters Road, Llansamlet.

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Closer views of the church, showing the east window and tower.

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Low winter sunshine illuminates the bell tower, standing tall above the brambles at the southern boundary of the graveyard.

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The west window, south entrance, and bell tower, seen through the leafless branches of the churchyard trees.

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The church viewed from the south-west, through the well-populated graveyard.

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To the north, beyond the rows of gravestones, are the mountains. Between them lie Pontardawe and the upper Swansea Valley.

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